Top Ten Videos to watch

crime scene
Vote
Studio Portrait of Two Young Women Back to Back, One With a Tattoo
Mamie Till and Emmett Till
GOP Redistricting Plot To Unseat Rep. Corrine Brown Exposed
Protests Break Out In Charlotte After Police Shooting
'Keep the Vote Alive!' March Commemorates Civil Rights Act
White man shooting
Gun Violence Continues To Plague Chicago, Over 1,000 Shootings For Year To Date
HS Football
Gun Violence Continues To Plague Chicago, Over 1,000 Shootings For Year To Date
Police Line
US-POLITICS-OBAMA
2016 Republican National Convention
44th NAACP Image Awards - Show
MD Primary
Premiere Of OWN's 'Queen Sugar' - Arrivals
Democratic National Convention
US-VOTE-REPUBLICANS-TRUMP
Los Angeles Rams v San Francisco 49ers
US-POLICE-RACISM-UNREST
Protesters Demonstrate Against Donald Trump's Visit To Flint Michigan
President Obama Speaks On The Economy In Brady Press Briefing Room
Lil Wayne
Construction Continues On The National Museum of African American History To Open In 2016
Preacher Preaching the Gospel
Hillary Clinton Campaigns In Louisville, Kentucky
Miami Dolphins v Seattle Seahawks
US-VOTE-DEMOCRATS-CONVENTION
US-ATTACKS-9/11-ANNIVERSARY
Leave a comment

Semenya Athletics

JOHANNESBURG — Caster Semenya’s lawyers say they are still working with international track officials to settle the future of the 800-meter world champion, contradicting comments made earlier Wednesday by her coach.

Michael Seme, Semenya’s coach, told The Associated Press that he had learned from the runner’s lawyers that she can compete internationally despite her gender-test controversy. But Dewey & LeBoeuf law firm spokesman Angelo Kakolyris says that is not the case.

“All the parties are still in negotiations,” Kakolyris said. “We’re optimistic that there’s going to be a positive resolution for all parties concerned.”

Seme later backed off his earlier statements, saying: “Just listen to the lawyers.”

Semenya won the women’s 800 at the world championships in Berlin in August. The International Association of Athletics Federations said hours before the race that it ordered gender tests to be conducted because of her muscular build and rapid improvement in times, and her future as a runner has been in doubt since.

Semenya, who turned 19 last week, has never been officially suspended by the IAAF, pending results of the gender tests.

“We are still in the same position as before — no official IAAF comment until we have finished the inquiry — and I can’t tell you how long the inquiry will take either,” IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said Wednesday.

Semenya was also tested in South Africa before the world championships. In September, Australian newspapers reported that Semenya has male and female sexual organs, but the IAAF has refused to confirm or deny those claims.

RELATED: OPINION: Caster Semenya And The Death Of Common Decency

Semenya, who comes from a poor village in rural South Africa, first drew attention when she won the 800 title at the African junior championships last year, shaving more than eight seconds off her winning time from the Commonwealth Youth Games the previous year.

Semenya easily won the 800 world title in Berlin, beating the field by a large margin in a season’s best 1 minute, 55.45 seconds.

In November, the South African sports ministry said Semenya would be able to keep her gold medal from the worlds.

Besides the international intrigue created by the gender test, the case also entangled the president of the South African athletics federation, Leonard Chuene. In September, Chuene admitted he lied about his knowledge of gender tests performed on Semenya in South Africa before the world championships. He has since been suspended.

The International Olympic Committee is organizing a medical symposium in Miami Beach, Florida, next week to draw up guidelines for dealing with “ambiguous” gender cases in sports in the wake of the Semenya controversy.

comments – Add Yours