Caster Semenya speaks out on return to athletics

Posted on April 07, 2010

Full statement:

Statement by Caster Semenya on return to athletics

I have reflected on the events of the past week and have continued to take advice from my medical and legal advisors and those closest to me. I believe that the decision to bar me from competing in Stellenbosch last week was unlawful and wrongful.

I have however considered the request by Athletics South Africa (ASA) that I await the conclusion of the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) processes by the beginning of June this year before I return to competitive athletics.

I welcome ASA's public statement that it will ensure that the IAAF is held to its undertaking to complete its processes by the beginning of June. I trust that ASA will do the honourable thing and stick to its word in this regard.

I have also instructed my legal representatives to seek confirmation by the IAAF that it will complete its processes by the beginning of June. I also trust that this will be forthcoming. Together with my coach and agent,

I have therefore decided that I will return to competitive athletics at the EAA meeting to be held on 24 June in Zaragoza, Spain. I reiterate that based on medical and legal advice, I am firmly of the view that there are no impediments to me racing in female athletics competitions.

Mokgadi Caster Semenya

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