Olympic gold-medalist runner Caster Semenya has actually signed with South African football club JVW Women.
Semenya revealed the news on Twitter on Friday, with an image of her holding the team’s shirt beside the caption: “Delighted to announce my signing with @jvwgirlsfootball for 2020 season. Looking forward to this journey.”
The middle-distance runner– who won gold at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, as well as the 2009 and 2017 world championships– is in the midst of an appeal versus the Court of Arbitration for Sport(CAS), which just recently decided to support the International Association of Sports Federations’ testosterone limit.
The court’s judgment indicates Semenya, 28, must take hormone blockers if she wants to continue her profession as middle-distance runner.
In the meantime, the South African will bet JVW, a football club founded by South Africa females’s captain Janine van Wyk. The club, which competes in the Sasol league, serves primarily as an academy for women.
Pleased to announce my finalizing with @jvwgirlsfootball for 2020 season. Eagerly anticipating this journey. pic.twitter.com/9Urd7aQ3NF
— Caster Semenya (@caster800 m) September 6, 2019
Semenya informed the club’s website: “I am grateful for this chance, and I appreciate the love and assistance I currently get from the team.
” I am eagerly anticipating this new journey and hopefully I can contribute as much as I can to the club.”
Van Wyk, who recently left JVW to sign for Danish side Fortuna Hjorring, stated: “I am very elated to have such a renowned athlete join my football club.
” I am definitely honoured that out– of all the other women’s clubs all over the world– she has picked JVW as the club where she want to start showcasing her football skills.
” I welcomed her at her very first training with the team on Tuesday and was pleased to see that she definitely has all the basics.
” I anticipate her working with Coach Ciara and our First String where I am sure she will sharpen up and get prepared to play in 2020.”