SEMENYA GIVEN COURAGE AWARD
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