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Caster Semenya : TuksSport Media Release

Posted on 07 July 2010

TuksSport's Communication Manager, Morris Gilbert, on Wednesday (7 July) issued the following media release on Caster Semenya's return to the athletics track:

TuksSport has always stood by 800 meter World Champion Caster Semenya, a student at the University of Pretoria, and is therefore delighted that she has finally been cleared by the International Association of Athletics Federations to make her return to the sport.

The IAAF announced on 6 July that Caster can start competing again immediately.

“Caster was sidelined for 11 months since she won the gold medal at the World Championships in Berlin last year during which time she was scrutinized by the local and international media. We welcome the IAAF’s decision and again vouch our unconditional support for Caster, who must now be left alone to do what she is best in and destined for: winning (more) championship titles. We cannot wait to see her running for South Africa and Tuks again as it would be a most welcome sight,” said TuksSport Director, Kobus van der Walt in his reaction.

Michel Seme, Caster’s coach also welcomed the IAAF’s decision.

“Even though Caster has been out of action for nearly a year, we never lost hope that she would be allowed back on the track. It has been an extremely emotional time for Caster and me and we are both relieved and very grateful that we can finally put all the pain and disappointment of the past 11 months to rest,” commented Seme.

“On behalf of Caster I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who rallied behind her after her return from Berlin and kept faith in her through all the difficult months she and all near to her had to go through. Caster will never forget her friends,” added Seme.

As to how Caster’s return to the track will be managed, Seme said it will be a gradual process as it must be borne in mind that she has not competed for a very long time.

“I think it would be wise to start slow initially so that Caster can get her confidence and rhythm back before she makes her return to high profile races or competitions,” concluded Seme.

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