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Semenya announces athletics comeback

Semenya has confirmed that she will return to action in Zaragoza, Spain at the end of June.
Semenya has confirmed that she will return to action in Zaragoza, Spain at the end of June.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • South African Caster Semenya will return to competitive athletics on June 24
  • The world 800m champion is to compete in a meeting in Zaragoza, Spain
  • Questions about Semenya's gender have been raised since her victory in Berlin
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(CNN) -- South African Caster Semenya will return to competitive athletics on June 24 in a meeting in Zaragoza, Spain.

The 19-year-old, who stormed to victory in the women's 800 meters at the world championships last year, has not competed since claiming the gold medal in Berlin, after which questions were raised about her gender.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) asked Semenya to undertake a gender test but, despite the results of that test expected to be released last November, the IAAF announced last month that the case had still not been concluded.

In a statement, Semenya said: "Together with my coach and agent, I have decided that I will return to competitive athletics at the EAA meeting to be held on June 24 in Zaragoza, Spain.

"Based on medical and legal advice, I am firmly of the view there are no impediments to me racing in female athletics competitions."

Semenya, who stormed to a stunning victory at the Olympic Stadium last August, has been dogged by controversy and has kept a low profile since being asked to undergo the gender tests.

She had planned to return to action last week at Stellenbosch, in the Cape province, but was prevented in doing so by Athletics South Africa (ASA), a decision that angered the teenager.

Her statement continued: "I believe the decision to bar me from competing in Stellenbosch last week was unlawful and wrongful.

"I have, however, considered the request by Athletics South Africa (ASA) that I await the conclusion of the IAAF processes by the beginning of June this year before I return to competitive athletics.

"I have also instructed my legal representatives to seek confirmation by the IAAF that it will complete its processes by the beginning of June. I also trust that this will be forthcoming."