Tue. Jul 23rd, 2019

Caster Semenya called up to SA World Championship squad

caster semenya doha iaaf rule suspendedCaster Semenya’s participation at the athletics World Championship hinges on whether the courts uphold their decision to set aside an IAAF ruling.

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Middle distance champion Caster Semenya has been included in the team set to represent South African at the athletics World Championship but her participation in the event still hangs in the balance.

Caster Semenya legal battle

Unfortunately for Semenya and fans of South African athletics, this has nothing to do with ability.

She is currently involved in a drawn-out court battle against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

In early 2019, the world athletics body ruled that Semenya’s testosterone levels would need to be regulated if they were to allow her to compete.

This is due to the perceived advantage she gained from the fact that she was born with XY chromosomes, which means she produces more testosterone than most women. Also known as hyperandrogenism.

In their bizarre ruling, they stated Caster Semenya was allowed to compete, but only as long as she agreed to take medication to lower her testosterone levels or only compete in races between 400m and 1500m.

For an organisation supposedly against doping in sport, it seems quite peculiar to encourage athletes to take substances in order to compete.

World Championship participation

The South African runner challenged the decision in court in Switzerland and won, effectively setting it aside pending an appeal from the IAAF.

The reason all of this is so important is that her participation in the World Championship hinges whether the decision to suspend the IAAF’s ruling is upheld.

If not, it is incredibly unlikely she will compete in Qatar.

South African World Championship squad

World 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk was included in a list of nine wildcard entries because he missed several qualifying events due to injury, but his participation is likely to be approved by Athletics South Africa.

Men:

  • Akani Simbine (100m, 200m, 4x100m)
  • Simon Magakwe (100m, 4x100m)
  • Thapelo Phora (400m, 4x400m)
  • Tshepo Tshite (800m)
  • Antonio Alkana (110m hurdles)
  • Ruan de Vries (110m hurdles)
  • Lindsay Hanekom (400m hurdles)
  • Thando Dlodlo (4x100m)
  • Emile Erasmus (4x100m)
  • Chederick van Wyk (4x100m)
  • Sinesipho Dambile (4x100m)
  • Anaso Jobodwana (4x100m)
  • Gardeo Isaacs (4x400m)
  • Ranti Dikgale (4x400m)
  • Ashley Hlungwani (4x400m)
  • Soks Zazini (4x400m)
  • Pieter Conradie (4x400m)
  • Jon Seeliger (4x400m)
  • Luvo Manyonga (long jump)
  • Ruswahl Samaai (long jump)
  • Orazio Cremona (shot put)
  • Stephen Mokoka (marathon)
  • Desmond Mokgobu (marathon)
  • Benedict Moeng (marathon)
  • David Manja (marathon)
  • Wayne Snyman (20km walk)
  • Marc Mundell (50km walk)

Women:

  • Caster Semenya (800m)
  • Zeney van der Walt (400m hurdles)
  • Dominique Scott (10 000m)

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