Banned runner Caster Semenya signs for South African soccer team

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Caster Semenya has signed for a South African soccer club and may be considering giving up track and field.

The Olympic 800-meter champion, who is currently in a legal battle with the IAAF over her right to compete without taking testosterone-suppressing medication, says she has joined women’s club JVW FC.


The Johannesburg-based club says Semenya is training with the team but will only play league games in 2020. Next year’s Tokyo Olympics are in July and August, when the women’s soccer season in South Africa will be in action.

Semenya is barred from defending her 800 title at this month’s world championships after refusing to follow IAAF rules requiring her to reduce her natural testosterone. She is appealing against those rules at the Swiss supreme court.

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