“Since I have been in the sport, I have never really felt very supported, I’ve never felt recognised mostly by women,” – two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya cries out.
Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya is optimistic that criticism and unnecessary laws put against her to cannot stop her from participating in running as a sport.
Talking as the headline speaker at a women’s conference in Johannesburg, Caster Semenya, in a statement also said that she is the best in her game and that haters are just aiming to put her down.
“Whoever is going to stop me from running is going to have to drag me out of the track. There’s not much that I can say about the case. What I can tell you is that I am on top of my game,” said Semenya.
“Probably I’m a problem because I’m an over-achiever so we must get rid of you,” added Semenya.
The two-time Olympic winner and also South Africa’s three-time world 800m champion will not be defending her title in Doha in September after a setback in her challenge due to restriction of testosterone levels in female runners.
However, the 28-year-old runner admitted that people are just obsessed at her success with determination to end her well-established career.
“I’m the best at what I do. When you are the best in the world people get obsessed with what you are doing, I’m targeted because I’m undefeated,” Semenya said before adding that even her fellow female athletes don’t enjoy her success.
“I think it comes more into the international stage when you see your rivals come with this, what can I call it, these rude responses in terms of me competing against them,” Semenya stated.
As a gold winner at the 2009, 2011 and 2017 World Championships, she will not be defending her title this time round in 2019 after a court ruling on cases based on Testosterone.
Caster Semenya is challenging the International Association of Athletics Federations’ new rules that she and other athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) must either take the testosterone-reducing medication to compete in track events from 400m to the mile, or change to another distance.
Semenya will be chasing her third successive Olympic gold if she competes in Tokyo next summer.
Meanwhile, She is awaiting the decision of a Swiss court, but a ruling allowing her to take part has since been overturned.
She has twice appealed against IAAF rules preventing her from running without medication.
By John Dalton Kigozi