Semenya: I've never really felt supported by women

By Doug Mattushek - 15 August 2019Views : 1068


World 800m champion Caster Semenya revealed she has never felt supported by women since she entered the big stage.

The South African superstar was speaking at the Standard Bank Top Women's Conference on Wednesday, where she spoke about issues affecting women in sports.

"I'm targeted because I'm undefeated," said the 28-year-old on stage.

"Since I have been in sport, I have never really felt very supported, I've never felt recognised mostly by women."

Semenya is currently appealing the International Association of Athletics Federations rule that athletes with Differences in Sexual Development must take testosterone reducing medication in order to compete in events from 400m to 1600m.

The double olympic champion, who is hoping to compete at the World Championships next month, is still full of confidence.

"I'm the best at what I do," she continued.

"When you are the best in the world people get obsessed with what you are doing. Probably I'm a problem because I'm an over-achiever so we must get rid of you.

"Whoever is going to stop me from running is going to have to drag me out of the track. There's not much that I can say about the case. What I can tell you is that I am on top of my game."