Stofile lauds decision to let champ run

Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile has welcomed the return of Caster Semenya to competition.

Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile has welcomed the return of Caster Semenya to competition.

"This is great news for Caster and all of us. We thank one and all for heeding our request to observe issues of confidentiality in this matter," Stofile said in a statement.

"We thank Caster for her patience and resilience. We thank her family and coach for their unfailing support."

The International Association of Athletics Federations yesterday cleared Semenya, 19, to compete as a woman after reviewing the results of gender-verification tests, conducted nearly nine months ago.

"The process initiated in 2009 in the case of Caster Semenya has now been completed," the IAAF said in a statement.

"The IAAF accepts the conclusions of a panel of medical experts that she can compete with immediate effect. Details of the case remain confidential and the IAAF will make no further comment on the matter."

Semenya has not raced since winning the 800m World Championship in Berlin in August last year. Test results leaked afterwards suggested she was a hermaphrodite. - Sapa

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