By Julie Bolcer

Originally published on Advocate.com January 13 2010 10:45 AM ET

The coach of track star Caster Semenya says the South African is free to compete on the international level while the investigation into her gender continues.

According to the Associated Press, coach Michael Seme said Wednesday that Semenya’s lawyer advised him that the 800-meter world champion can compete in the new season that starts this month.

The International Association of Athletics Federations ordered that Semenya be tested in August hours after the 800-meter final in Berlin, where the teenager showed a muscular build and exceptionally improved performance.

Semenya was never officially suspended by the IAAF, pending the outcome of the gender tests, according to the AP.