Semenya to keep her gold
Published 20/11/2009 | 00:00
The Sport and Recreation department of the South African government announced yesterday that Caster Semenya would be allowed to keep the 800m gold medal she won at the World Championships in Berlin in August, and also the $60,000 in prize money that she earned.
The $64,000 question remains, however. It is likely to be some while yet before the 18-year-old knows whether she will be free to chase any further gold.
It had been anticipated that Semenya's fate would be decided at a meeting of the International Association of Athletics Federations' council in Monaco this weekend, until the world governing body of track and field announced that there would be “no discussion” about the gender tests undertaken on the teenager and that the testing had “still to be completed.”
However, the South African Sport and Recreation Department released a statement yesterday saying that “because Caster has been found to be innocent of any wrong” an agreement had been reached with the IAAF allowing the athlete to keep her world title and her prize money and that the results of the gender testing would be kept confidential.