Posted on Sat 17 Aug 2019, 05:07 PM

South Africa’s Olympic Champion, Caster Semenya, has recently been in the news for different reasons. Dominant though is the debate about her sexuality.

She was banned from competing in world female track and field championships as long as she continues to refuse hormone treatments to reduce her testosterone levels.

The athlete had remained resolute and unmoved. 

At a Standard Bank Top Women Conference held at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on the East Rand, Semenya said she had to walk around naked in the changing room to prove that she is female. 

The athlete also revealed how her humble beginning toughened her up.  She said she grew up around boys and had to walk seven miles every single day - the reason she is fast.

 “I was always in the bush [training]. Bullies for me never existed because how I responded to them, was way rough. I was one of those young [ladies] that had no fear. I had goals. I knew that everything I touched would turn to gold.

“My dad thought I was going to be with Banyana Banyana but I disappointed him because I had to sell my soccer boots for spikes instead. He was quite surprised. Running is my destiny. When I’m on track, I forget about everything,” Semenya said.


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