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Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by ogbiwa: 7:45am On Sep 07
Two-time Olympic 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya has joined a South African women's football team.

The 28-year-old is unable to compete without taking testosterone-reducing drugs following a rule change by the IAAF, athletics' governing body.

It means she cannot defend her 800m World Championship title in Doha this month - though she is fighting the rule change through the courts.

She is now training with Gauteng-based women's football club JVW.

The three-time world champion, who announced in July that she would not be defending her 800m world title, cannot start playing for JVW until the 2020 season, having joined outside the South African transfer window.

"I am looking forward to this new journey, I appreciate the love and support I already get from the team," Semenya told the club website.

JVW FC, was formed in 2013 by current South Africa Women's captain, Janine van Wyk, aiming to "identify, develop, improve and expose" female footballers.

The club is one of the top sides in the league for Gauteng province - the main women's football league in South Africa is split into nine provincial competitions.

Club founder Van Wyk told the BBC that Semenya has "not given up running at all".

She said: "She's on a break at the moment which is why she has time on her hands to do something different.

"She's had two training sessions with the team and you could see her football is there, but we still need obviously to work on her a little bit because it's very different to track and field.

"She's made it really clear to me that she's not giving up running at all.

"It's amazing for the football club. The recognition women's football in South Africa will get is massive.
"To have her play in the league over here is incredible and I think young girls and her team-mates will draw a lot of inspiration from Caster."

Semenya is not the first athlete to switch to football - after retiring in 2017, Usain Bolt trained with Norwegian club Stromsgodset and Australian side Central Coast Mariners, but did not secure a contract.

Semenya is also following in the footsteps of her former coach Maria Mutola, who also turned to football after athletics.

The IAAF introduced its rule change because it argues female athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) - such as Semenya - have "a competitive advantage".

Athletes must either take testosterone-reducing medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile or change to another distance.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/49605649

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by logon599: 7:46am On Sep 07
I always knew professional female athletes are supposed to look a certain way due to the nature of their sport and training, but mehn when I saw Caster Semenya I had to draw a line, like whaat.
But I like her sha. She looks like a genuinely nice person and, hormonal imbalance or not, there's no denying her willingness to constantly work hard at her craft, more like a female Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Amazingman(m): 8:15am On Sep 07
My brother you did well switching careers. Never late.

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Nukilia: 8:43am On Sep 07
Amazingman:
brother you did well switching careers. Never late.

Can't you read that she's a woman? undecided

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by oluwasegun007(m): 9:03am On Sep 07
I hope not bayana bayana??

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by SultanOfAbia: 9:03am On Sep 07
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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Tintinnoty(m): 9:03am On Sep 07
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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by sotall(m): 9:04am On Sep 07
Nukilia:


Can't you read that she's a woman? undecided


I saw a man there

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Tina26: 9:04am On Sep 07
There should be a special category for these kinds of people in sports. He is not a full woman

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Anduku: 9:05am On Sep 07
I wish her well
Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Pearlyakin(m): 9:05am On Sep 07
Nice one bro cheesy

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Millz404(m): 9:06am On Sep 07
wetin come concern us
Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Pearlyakin(m): 9:06am On Sep 07
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Good for her











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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Dannyset(m): 9:06am On Sep 07
Amazingman:
My brother you did well switching careers. Never late.

Lolz werey! grin grin

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Miracle4Sure: 9:06am On Sep 07
Great
Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Burruchaga71: 9:07am On Sep 07
My brother u did well, this is the right thing to do ���

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by seanjy4konji: 9:08am On Sep 07
ok...good for her..not idle at least.
Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Neddstark: 9:08am On Sep 07
South Africa, home of xenophobia and athletic scam. This woman is too masculine to run with women. As in, one on one me and her, I no sure say I go beat am. But i go use my last strength sha.

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by CarGuideNG: 9:09am On Sep 07
Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Esseite: 9:11am On Sep 07
The IAAF introduced its rule change because it argues female athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) - such as Semenya - have "a competitive advantage".

Athletes must either take testosterone-reducing medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile or change to another distance.

If she truly believes in her self, why is she not changing distance?..

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by itsme01: 9:11am On Sep 07
angry



She looks like xenophobia

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by joetem(m): 9:12am On Sep 07
She is a good man, also hardworking, na so her testosterone high reach, so tey she need drugs to reduce am?... Some men no even get enough

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by banji1(m): 9:14am On Sep 07
Wishing him...sorry, wishing her well in her endeavors.

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by edo3(m): 9:14am On Sep 07
Better for him cos anytime he was around those ladies,, u could easily see it in his eyes that he was not supposed to be here..

Always feeling guilty with himself among those poor innocent ladies,, at times he would slow down for them so as to make it easy for dem,, but last last he would still carry d day.

In all his doings no sign of being she there,, those ladies don't even congratulate him or hug him cos they knew he is a man..

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Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Legendguru: 9:15am On Sep 07
Oh
Re: Banned South African Female Athlete Semenya, Joins A Football Team by Lamasta(m): 9:15am On Sep 07
good for her she should put more effort

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