where to semenya?

THE 2010 Yellow Pages series starts in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, on January 22 but 800m world champion Caster Semenya's future is still hanging in the balance.

THE 2010 Yellow Pages series starts in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, on January 22 but 800m world champion Caster Semenya's future is still hanging in the balance.

The series, which used to attract some of the big names in the world, is a yearly event that marks the start of the South African track and field season.

International competition starts with the World Indoor Games in Doha, Qatar, on March 12 and 14 where Semenya is expected to take part.

She was supposed to use the series and Doha events to prepare herself for the Commonwealth Games in India in August.

Semenya, who is still to compete since winning gold at the World Championships in Germany last August, is awaiting for the outcome of an investigation by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) into her gender verification tests.

The teenage athlete from Limpopo's life was thrown into turmoil at the championships when her gender was questioned. Semenya's test results were initially scheduled to be released in November but the ANC and its youth league instructed the IAAF to declare any gender tests on Semenya null and void.

The world athletics body, which has been in discussions with Semenya's lawyers, Dewey and LeBoeuf, have declined to comment on the medical aspects of Semenya's case.

"The medical testing of the athlete is still to be completed," said the IAAF, which has made it clear the results will be given personally to Semenya.

The IAAF and South African government have agreed that because Semenya has not been found guilty of any wrong, she will retain her gold medal, her 800m title and prize money.

Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhenkesi Stofile said they agreed with the IAAF that the tests conducted legally within the regulations will be treated confidentially.

"As such there will be no public announcement of what the panel of scientists has found. Whatever she (Semenya) decides, our (obligation) is to respect her decision."

Dewey and LeBoeuf, who represent Semenya on a pro bono basis, are expected to wrap up their case before the end of the month. Semenya is expected to sue various people, including the IAAF, Athletics South Africa and various local and international media houses for the whole debacle.

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