SE­MENYA GIVEN COURAGE AWARD

Athletics Weekly - - News -

OLYMPIC and world 800m cham­pion Caster Se­menya has been awarded the Wilma Ru­dolph Courage Award for her per­sis­tence and for­ti­tude in her stand against dis­crim­i­na­tory poli­cies.

Se­menya was given the hon­our by for­mer ten­nis player Bil­lie Jean King and the Women’s Sports Foun­da­tion at the 39th An­nual Salute to Women in Sports in New York City.

Away from the awards cir­cuit, though, Se­menya’s bat­tle to stop a rule change af­fect­ing fe­male ath­letes with high testos­terone lev­els could see her miss most of next sea­son.

The IAAF in­tended to bring in the new rules on Novem­ber 1 but has de­layed this un­til March 26 be­cause it wants to wait for the out­come of a le­gal chal­lenge from Se­menya first.

The de­lay means fe­male ath­letes with high testos­terone will not be al­lowed to run for six months from the date the rule changes come in.

That would take them to Septem­ber 26 – just one day be­fore the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships be­gin in Doha.

Caster Se­menya: re­ceives her prize from ten­nis leg­end Bil­lie Jean King

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