Caster Semenya ‘never felt supported’ by women in sport

Written By: BBC/Oscar Nyagah
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Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya says she has “never really felt very supported” by other women in sport.

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South Africa’s three-time world 800m champion will not defend her title in Doha in September after a setback in her challenge to the restriction of testosterone levels in female runners.

“I’m targeted because I’m undefeated,” the 28-year-old said.

“Since I have been in sport, I have never really felt very supported, I’ve never felt recognised mostly by women.”

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Talking as the headline speaker at a women’s conference in Johannesburg, Semenya added: “I think it comes more into the international stage when you see your own rivals come with this, what can I call it, these rude responses in terms of me competing against them.”

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Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya says she has “never really felt very supported” by other women in sport.

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South Africa’s three-time world 800m champion will not defend her title in Doha in September after a setback in her challenge to the restriction of testosterone levels in female runners.

“I’m targeted because I’m undefeated,” the 28-year-old said.

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“Since I have been in sport, I have never really felt very supported, I’ve never felt recognised mostly by women.”

Talking as the headline speaker at a women’s conference in Johannesburg, Semenya added: “I think it comes more into the international stage when you see your own rivals come with this, what can I call it, these rude responses in terms of me competing against them.”

 

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