Caster Semenya: "I've never felt supported by women"
The double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who is still immersed in a battle for her testosterone levels with the athletic authorities, has lamented this Wednesday that she never
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The double Olympic champion Caster Semenya , who is still immersed in a battle for her testosterone levels with the athletic authorities, has lamented on Wednesday that she has never felt "very supported" and has noticed that lack "mainly" in other women.
The South African athlete will not be able to defend her 800 meter title in the World Cups in Qatar, which will be held in September, after the court reversed a ruling that temporarily lifted the testosterone regulations that had been imposed on her.
"Since practicing sports, I have never felt very supported, I have never felt recognized, mainly by women," Semenya said during a women's conference in Johannesburg, where she was the keynote speaker.
Although the IAAF received the support of some athletes, the decision to reduce testosterone levels in female athletics has been criticized by human rights organizations. In this regard, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in support of Semenya this year.
"I think it enters the international stage more when you see your own rivals come with this ... How can I call it ... These rude answers in terms of me competing against them," Semenya said.
British broker Lynsey Sharp said in May that she had received death threats from previous comments she made about the South African. Semenya, who was greeted by the applause at the conference, said she still sees herself as a middle distance athlete.
"Who is going to prevent me from running will have to get me off the track," he warns. The 28-year-old said she was undecided about whether she would change over longer distances or continue her career in another sport. "In terms of changing events, I haven't decided anything about going up or down. I still consider myself a middle distance athlete," he concluded.
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