The Guardian: “Caster Semenya returns to the track in triumph after year in limbo”

Caster Semenya returns to the track! The Guardian reports:

A young athlete who last year won a gold medal in the women’s 800m at the World Championships in Berlin before her career was thrown into limbo when questions were asked about her sex, last night made a triumphant return to the track after an enforced 11-month absence.

Caster Semenya made her long-awaited return at a small athletics meeting in Lappeenranta, Finland in what was supposed to be a low-key event. But as the she walked to the track in front of the media, the South African knew the world was watching… Caster Semenya returns to the track in triumph after year in limbo

Tonight at Lappeenranta, journalists bandied about terms such as “intersex” and “gender verification”, or with heavy hearts confessed to colleagues that the task ahead did not sit easy with their conscience.

What, they wondered aloud, did gawping at a young woman, who may or may not have had her hormones tampered with in the last 11 months, have to do with sport?

From the start Semenya was justifiably wary. The caution was understandable. Here was a 19-year-old woman who obviously felt vulnerable in front of the world’s media.

Semenya says she will aim for the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in October. She seems genuinely to be looking forward to it.

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