‘I Am Never Going Anywhere,’ Defiant Semenya Says After Big Win In Doha


Caster Semenya has reiterated that she is not quitting athletics any soon despite losing a landmark case against IAAF over testosterone levels.

Speaking after winning Doha’s IAAF Diamond League meet on Friday, the 28-year-old South African said that “I am never going anywhere.”

Semenya challenged IAAF rules designed to limit testosterone levels in female runners but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) rejected her appeal.

Actions speak louder than words,” Semenya told BBC Sport.

“When you are a great champion, you always deliver.

“It’s up to God. God has decided my life, God will end my life; God has decided my career, God will end my career. No man, or any other human, can stop me from running.”

The Doha meet was Semenya’s final race before the IAAF’s new rules come into force on 8 May.

She added: “How am I going to retire when I’m 28? I still feel young, energetic. I still have 10 years or more in athletics.

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“It doesn’t matter how I’m going to do it, what matters is I’ll still be here. I am never going anywhere.

“I’m going to keep on doing what I do best – which is running.”

Under the new IAAF rules Semenya – and other athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) – must either take medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile, or change to another distance.

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Written by Bonface Osano

Communication And Media Student. Sports Writer.


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