Caster gets to keep title

CASTER Semenya will retain the gold medal she won at the World Championships in Germany in August, irrespective of the outcome of the IAAF gender tests.

CASTER Semenya will retain the gold medal she won at the World Championships in Germany in August, irrespective of the outcome of the IAAF gender tests.

Semenya, a sports student at the University of Pretoria, will also retain her 800m title and the prize money she won.

She is believed to have pocketed about $60 000 (about R452000) for the victory.

This follows an agreement reached between the government, IAAF and Semenya's lawyers.

"Since the media statement hit the public on Caster Semenya in August 2009, our department has been in constant engagement with all stakeholders," the Department of Sport and Recreation said in a statement.

"The main thrust of our engagement was always to try and get the truth from all role players. This was not easy, given the sensitivity of the issues as well as the distance between us and the sport bodies.

"Perhaps Sascoc did better in getting closer to the truth because they started the quest for the truth later than all of us.

"We have also agreed with the IAAF that whatever scientific tests were conducted legally within the IAAF regulations will be treated as a confidential matter between patient and doctor.

"As such there will be no public announcement of what the panel of scientists has found. The implications of the scientific findings on Caster's health and life going forward will be analysed by Caster and she will make her own decision on her future.

"Whatever she decides, ours is to respect her decision. We have asked the IAAF to apologise at the way the whole Caster Semenya saga was dealt with."

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