Monday 22 January 2018

Athletics: Semenya out of Delhi Games

CONTROVERSIAL South African athlete Caster Semenya will miss the Commonwealth Games in India because of a back injury.

The 800m runner underwent an MRI scan yesterday, which confirmed the back problem.

"It is our medical view that physically and emotionally she would not be capable of doing justice to her talent at an event of this magnitude," Team South Africa chief medical officer Shuaib Manjra said in the statement.

Semenya had been expected to challenge for gold at the Games, which run from October 3-14 in Delhi.

The world 800m champion returned to competition in July after 11 months out.

The 19-year-old had been subject to investigations from the International Association of Athletics Federations during that time due to unusually high levels of testosterone, which raised doubts about her gender.

Irish Independent

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