By Novell Zwange – The African National Congress (ANC) has congratulated world-renowned athlete Caster Semenya for once again making South Africa proud after a triumphant return to the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Sunday where she cruised to victory on in the women’s 800 metres.
Brian Sokutu of the African National Congress today siad in a statement, “Semenya’s victory is a triump against all odds, considering the 11-month lapse when she was forced to miss many athletics competitions while waiting for the results of gender tests. We are happy that this did not deter her from persuing her athletics career.”
Semenya stormed to victory in the 800m in Berlin last night, she was competing in her third competitive 800m race since she was cleared to resume competition, following an 11 month absence from the sport when she had been ordered to undergo gender verification tests.
“We are happy and proud of this talented athlete who has kept the South African flag flying high wherever she competes. We wish her all the best in upcoming athletics competitions, including her Diamond League debut in Brussels on Friday,” said Sokutu.
Meanwhile media reports coming from Europe suggest that Caster Semenya will have to contend with a growing backlash from her beaten opponents, with the British runner Jemma Simpson the latest to raise her concerns while another opponent said the field were “literally running against a man”.