South African Track athlete and two-time Olympic Gold medalist, Caster Semenya, has decided to start playing professional football. The 28 year-old recently made the announcement via social media that she had signed and registered to play with the Gauteng-based JVW Football Club.
Her decision was made after she discovered she would not be able to defend her 800 metres title at the world championships later this month. This is due to the the Swiss Federal Tribunal reversing a ruling that temporarily lifted testosterone regulations imposed on her during the games. Caster has decided to pursue a new calling, and may be seen going pro in a field outside athletics.
Janine van Wyk, owner of the club South African based club, said “I am extremely elated to have such an iconic athlete join my football club. I am absolutely honored 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”.
Casper, in a statement on the JVW website said I’m looking forward to this new journey and hopefully I can contribute as much as I can to the club”. Although Caster will not be playing any games this year, she is currently training to make her debut in 2020.