TWO-TIME Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya has started a new journey after joining a women’s football club JVW in the Sasol League.
Semenya is currently appealing against a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which approved the IAAF’s introduction of a new testosterone limit for female athletes and will not defend her 800m title at the World Championships in Doha in September.
The 28-year-old has started training with South African side JVW on Tuesday, but will not make her debut until next season starting in 2020 – with the transfer window currently closed.
JVW, who are owned by South Africa women’s captain Janine van Wyk, announced the signing of Semenya on Thursday.
“I am grateful for this opportunity and I appreciate the love and support I already get from the team,” Semenya said in a statement.
“I am looking forward to this new journey, and hopefully I can contribute as much as I can to the club.”
Van Wyk said: “I am absolutely honoured that out of all the other women’s clubs around the world, she has chosen JVW as the club where she would like to start showcasing her football skills.
“I welcomed her at her first training [session] with the team on Tuesday and was impressed to see that she definitely has all the fundamentals.”
Semenya will be hoping for a longer football career than Usain Bolt’s.
His professional football aspirations lasted all of eight weeks. The world’s fastest man signed a two-year contract with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners but amid criticism over his ability, he quit the deal early and announced his retirement.
Happy to announce my signing with @jvwgirlsfootball for 2020 season. Looking forward to this journey. 🐍 pic.twitter.com/9Urd7aQ3NF
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) September 6, 2019
Rock solid defending✅
Needs to work on her speed though 😜
But seems like all the boxes are ticked🙌
New signing for 2020?? pic.twitter.com/Oqzo3ba3pY
— Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) September 4, 2019