Caster Semenya focused on developing junior athletes

Caster Semenya focused on developing junior athletes

Two-time Olympic 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya has no intention of participating in the Athletics South Africa (ASA) elections scheduled to take place next year.

Following her ban from competing in the 800m events by World Athletics due to elevated testosterone levels, Semenya has shifted her focus to coaching and is uninterested in pursuing a role as an athletics administrator.

Despite being among South Africa’s most decorated athletes, she chooses to contribute to the development of youth through life skills training instead of transitioning from track pants to a suit.

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"I think for it's no longer being part of the structure inside. I've done my part in terms of running. My job now is to educate the athletes about self-awareness, understanding their values, approaching situations, and being great in a championship because it's useless to run an office that is broken,” Semenya said.

“It's useless trying to be in a place that you know you are not welcome. You wanna be in a place that you know, even when you are in, you'll be loved. At the moment, why must I be in a place where I'm not protected, what makes me think that I'm gonna be in that office and be supported."

Even though she stands as one of the most accomplished athletes on the track, Semenya maintains that she is not suited for the office environment. 

She asserts that her focus is required in areas beyond the boardroom, emphasizing her preference for activities outside the corporate setting.

"My interests are not in being in the office. My interests are for me being an advocate for athletes. Being there for them, making sure that they get the necessary support. I don't need to be in the ASA office."