Athletics sensation turns to football


Two-time Olympic middle-distance champion Caster Semenya has ventured into football and is set to turn out for a Gauteng club from 2020.

Semenya seems to be preparing for life away from athletics as she awaits the appeal with CAS over the International Association of Athletics Federations’ new laws that have prohibited her from participating in her chosen distances without the use of hormone-suppressing drugs.

The 28-year-old international star has since turned her attention to football, where she has been training with Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk’s Gauteng-based JVW FC in a bid to kickstart a new career.

This was confirmed by Semenya on her official twitter page on Friday, after she had been spotted participating in training earlier in the week.

“I am grateful for this opportunity and I appreciate the love and support I already get from the team. I am looking forward to this new journey, and hopefully I can contribute as much as I can to the club,” she told the club’s website.

Due to registration constraints, Semenya will only be eligible to start playing from 2020, when JVW FC are gunning to feature in the recently-launched National Women’s League.