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Caster Semenya to Resume Competitive Racing


Caster Semenya, the South African track and field star whose gender became the subject of international speculation following her victory in the 800-meter race at the world championships last year, has announced she will return to competitive racing this season.

Semenya, 19, had not spoken publicly and has not competed following her win until releasing a statement Tuesday indicating her return to the sport. But Semenya was also denied a spot in a South Africa race the same day.

The International Association of Athletics Federations has not released the results of gender verification tests on the athlete, nor has it determined Semenya's eligibility. Several prominent track and field athletes, including sprinter and Olympic champion Michael Johnson, have denounced the IAAF's gender verification inquiry as an invasion of Semenya's privacy.

"I am of the firm view that there is no impediment to me competing in athletics competitions," Semenya said in the statement. "I will, however, continue to assist the IAAF with whatsoever they may require for their own processes, and in this regard I have instructed my legal and medical team to work closely with and continue negotiation with them for these purposes."

Read the full story at NBC Sports.

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