The 2-time Olympic 800 meter champion has been barred from defending her world 800m title in Doha this month except she takes hormone-suppressing medicine.
And whereas her athletics profession is on ice, the 28-year-old has been coaching with JVW in jap Johannesburg.
“I’m grateful for this chance and I respect the love and assist I already get from the crew,” Semenya stated on the membership’s web site. “I’m wanting ahead to this new journey, and hopefully I can contribute as a lot as I can to the membership.”
Semenya will not be in a position to play first crew soccer for the membership this season because the switch window has closed. As a substitute she must wait till 2020 to make her debut ought to her hiatus from athletics proceed for an additional yr.
JVW founder and South African ladies’s captain Janine van Wyk, who has just lately signed with Danish outfit Fortuna Hjorring, stated she was “extraordinarily elated to have such an iconic athlete” be part of her ranks.
“I welcomed her at her first coaching session with the crew on Tuesday,” she stated on the membership’s web site. “I used to be impressed to see that she undoubtedly has all the basics.”
Below the rule, all athletes with a distinction in intercourse growth ought to scale back their blood testosterone to a selected stage for a minimum of six months — after which keep that for the remainder of their athletic profession — in an effort to compete in occasions from 400 meters to a mile.
South African Semenya, who has naturally elevated ranges of testosterone, has remained “steadfast in her defiance” of the rule, in accordance with a press release launched by her consultant in July.