ONCE again Athletics South Africa (ASA) has overlooked world 800m queen Caster Semenya - this time for the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships that takes place in Moncton, Canada, from July 19 to 25.
This is the second time Semenya has been ignored by ASA's interim structure after the 19-year-old Limpopo athlete was left out of the team for the African Senior Track and Field Championships in Kenya also in July, that was named last week.
This is in spite of the fact that the ASA is on record as saying the Semenya gender-verification investigations will be completed by June.
Many people expected the ASA to temporarily include Semenya in the two teams pending the outcome of the tests by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), who have consistently refused to comment on the tests. Semenya has agreed to wait until June for the test results, but made it clear that in July she will be running her first race since winning gold in Germany in August.
Meanwhile, pole-vault sensation Cheyne Rahme and South Western Districts hammer thrower Annemie Smith have been included in the team to Canada.
Rahme produced a career best of 5.50m at the Yellow Pages Youth and Junior Track and Field Championships in Germiston last weekend and will be looking to clear 5.60m between now and the world junior event in order to join a short-list for potential Commonwealth Games selection.
Smith, with a career best of 57.13m awaiting ratification as a national record at the next ASA council meeting, won gold at last weekend's national championships with 55.25.