Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Caster's future Still Undecided

By Lebogang Seale
Caster Semenya's career as an 800m specialist remains uncertain, six months after she won gold in the event during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

This is despite reports early this year that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)had cleared her to compete in any events while she awaits her fate about her gender verification tests.

The 19-year-old has missed taking part in the Yellow Pages national championships in Durban and is not registered to compete in any of the upcoming local and international athletics meetings. This includes the 13th IAAF world indoor championships in Doha, Qatar.
And while the athlete's return to the track remains uncertain, her former coach, Wilfred Daniels, and her family have expressed concern about her stalling career. "Personally, I am sad because Caster, like (Mozambican) Maria Mutola, can easily dominate the 800m at international level for many years," said Daniels, who resigned over ASA's shoddy handling of Semenya's sex verification tests.

"It would be great to see her gracing the international athletic fields again," he said.

Semenya's elder sister Winnie said: "We always wonder when she is going to run again because athletics is not just a sport for her, it's her career and she loves it."

Semenya's father Jacob appears to have resigned himself to divine providence.