“I think it comes more into the international stage when you see your own rivals come with this what can I call it these rude responses in terms of me competing against them”
Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who has been locked in a battle over her testosterone levels with athletics authorities, said yesterday that she has not felt supported by other women in sport.
The South African athlete will not be able to defend her 800-metres title at the world championships in September after the Swiss Federal Tribunal reversed a ruling that temporarily lifted testosterone regulations imposed on her. “Since I have been in sport I have never really felt very supported, I’ve never felt recognised mostly by women,” said Semenya during a women’s conference in Johannesburg where she was the headline speaker.
“I think it comes more into the international stage when you see your own rivals come with this what can I call it these rude responses in terms of me competing against them,” said Semenya.
British runner Lynsey Sharp said in May that she had received death threats for past comments she made about the South African. Semenya, who was greeted by cheers at the conference, said she still saw herself as a middle-distance runner.
“Whoever is going to stop me from running is going to have to drag me out of the track,” Semenya said.