South African Semenya cleared to return

Hi guys, today i want to share about South African Semenya cleared to return!. South African world 800 meters champion Caster Semenya was cleared Tuesday to compete as a woman, nearly a year after controversial gender tests put her career on hold.

South African Semenya cleared to return
Caster Semenya of South Africa celebrates after winning the women's 800 metres final during the world athletics championships at the Olympic stadium in Berlin August 19, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Semenya, 19, has not run competitively since undergoing tests at the Berlin world championships in August.

"I am thrilled to enter the global athletics arena once again and look forward to competing with all the disputes behind me," Semenya said in a statement released by her lawyers.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said it accepted the findings of an expert medical panel.

"The IAAF accepts the conclusion of a panel of medical experts that she can compete with immediate effect," the sport's ruling body said in a statement.

Lawyers acting for Semenya said the decision to allow her to compete came after a "landmark settlement" between the IAAF and the athlete.

Semenya's lawyer Greg Nott said details of the settlement would remain confidential.

"Our direct negotiations with the IAAF representatives, through the mediator, have been ongoing for 10 months," he said.

"Meetings have been held in Monaco, Istanbul and Paris, but due to the nature of the matter the parties resolved to keep the negotiations confidential."

Semenya's return to competitive athletics was delayed after her comeback event in Zaragoza, Spain was canceled in May.

Athletics South Africa spokesman Richard Stander said the body could not immediately comment.

"We cannot comment now because we have just been made aware of the decision," he said.

ASA had made it clear that Semenya was not banned from competition but said she must wait for the results of her tests from the IAAF.

Semenya sprung to prominence last year with her rapid improvement over 800 meters. Her winning time in Berlin of one minute 55.45 seconds was the fastest of 2009.

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