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Rio Olympics: South Africans Rally Behind 800m Golden Girl Semenya

Caster Semenya stole the show when the 800m Olympic champion touched down with the other medalists from Team South Africa, thousands packed into the arrivals hall at OR Tambo International to see the track star, celebrating her gold medal and vociferously showing their support for the darling of South African athletics who has endured so much controversy over the past 7 years.

“Yes, Caster Semenya is the best, I mean, we’ve got no doubt about it. She’s a champ, I mean, controversy will always be there, but she’s got our support and our backing.” Said Fikile Mbalula, South Africa Sports Minister

The IAAF President, Sebastian Coe, who attended the African Championships in Durban earlier this year, said that it is a sensitive matter, but the sport’s governing body will be reporting back to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the next year.

“These are human beings, this is not, you know, this is a sensitive subject. They are athletes, they are daughters, they’re sisters, and we need to be very clear about this, and so we will treat this sensitively.” Said Sebastian Coe, IAAF President

The 25-year-old opted to return home to her supporters instead of flying straight to the next stop on the European circuit and ASA President Aleck Skhosana says Semenya has the backing of the entire country despite what the IAAF plans to do next year.

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“If they want to review, they must come back in 2017 and who knows what will be the ruling, but Caster has won her gold medal and nobody will take it.” Said Aleck Skhosana, Athletics South Africa President

The former world champion has brushed off the controversy and has just focused on what she loves doing.

“I have no time for those things…. and for the support I would like to thank my fellow South Africans for the fantastic support and the entire world. What I can say is that I love them and I will always do them proud. So yeah for that question, again, I have no time.” Said Caster Semenya, 800M Olympic Champion

Caster Semenya has prevailed despite all the controversy surrounding her hyperandrogenism and the looming sanctions from the sport’s governing body, the IAAF, the Olympic 800m champion continues through to be unwavering in her quest for the world record and before the year is up, we could well see that 3 decade old mark become a thing of the past.

 

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