Semenya's 800m return delayed by cancellation

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Caster Semenya's return to racing has been put on hold after an international track meeting in Zaragoza was cancelled because of a budget shortfall.

Semenya, the South African runner who is still awaiting the results of a gender verification test, was expected to race at the 24 June event. It would have been her first competitive race since she won the 800m world title in Berlin last August.

The 19-year-old Semenya said in Ivory Coast yesterday that she was not aware the Zaragoza meet had been called off and had no immediate plans for her return. Semenya is in the west African country to receive an award from the Sports Action group, which promotes sport for young people.

The International Association of Athletics Federations has said the Semenya case would be resolved by the end of June.

The Zaragoza meeting had been in financial difficulties in past years, with the Spanish athletics federation saying there was no chance of it happening this year.