Angry Semenya: I'm Coming Back

Says her human rights have been violated
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2010 6:37 AM CDT
Angry Semenya: I'm Coming Back
South African Caster Semenya at an athletics competition in Stellenbosch, South Africa, Tuesday, March 30, 2010.    (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

Tired of waiting around for the results of the IAAF tests that will determine her eligibility to compete as a woman, Caster Semenya is returning to competition, and she's angry. The South African runner said yesterday that investigations following her 800m win at last summer's World Athletic Championships have "infringed on not only my rights as an athlete but also my fundamental and human rights including my rights to dignity and privacy," the Guardian reports.

Semenya, who is not banned from competition, was believed to have agreed not to race pending the IAAF test results. But the 19-year-old, who hasn't raced since August, doesn't want to wait any more because her "athletic capabilities and earning potential are being severely compromised." But she may have trouble finding races to run: Yesterday Semenya was denied a spot in a South African race.
(Read more Caster Semenya stories.)

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