Double 800 metres Olympic champion Caster Semenya hopes she can be an inspiration to the South Africa team competing at the FIFA women’s World Cup after paying a visit to their camp in Paris on Wednesday.
Caster Semenya, who is battling the sport's governing IAAF over rules that prevent her from running her preferred distance races unless she takes testosterone-suppressant medication, won a 2,000 metres at the Montreuil athletics meeting on Tuesday.
Despite fighting a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision to reduce the testosterone levels, Caster Semenya has been included in South Africa's preliminary team for this year's World Championships in Doha.
Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya will be able to run in her favoured 800 metres event without medication to lower her testosterone levels until her appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal has been ruled on, her lawyers said on Monday.
Athletics South Africa (ASA) said on Friday it had joined Caster Semenya's appeal against the ruling that currently prevents the double Olympic champion from running her preferred distance races unless she takes testosterone-suppressant medication.
American Ajee Wilson made the most of the absence of Caster Semenya and Francine Niyonsaba to win the women's 800 metres in Friday's Diamond League meeting on a windy, wet evening in the Swedish capital.
The South African government said on Monday it was "instructing" the country's athletics governing body to appeal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision on female eligibility that directly affects their Olympic champion Caster Semenya.