Sport Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood in her previous comments condemning homosexuality

Pole vault champion's anti-homosexual quotes have put the country into the spotlight further that she will have thought

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Semenya remains in limbo despite coach's claims

There was a false start to the new year for Caster Semenya yesterday. It began with Michael Seme, coach of the athlete who won the women's 800m title at the World Championships in Berlin last summer, proclaiming, "She's going to run in international events," and speaking of his teenage charge challenging for World Junior Championship, African Championship and Commonwealth Games gold medals in the year that lies ahead.

Semenya to keep title as tests stay under wraps

The Sport and Recreation department of the South African Government announced yesterday that Caster Semenya would be allowed to keep the 800 metres gold medal she won at the athletics World Championships in Berlin in August, and also the $60,000 (£36,000) in prize-money that she earned. The $64,000 question remains, however. It is likely to be some while yet before the 18-year-old knows whether she will be free to chase any further gold.

Semenya to keep gold medal

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has agreed that South African runner Caster Semenya will keep her 800 metres world title, the country's sports ministry said today.

South Africa suspends officials over Semenya

South Africa's Olympic body, SASCOC, has suspended the president, board and members of Athletics South Africa over the handling of 800 metres world champion Caster Semenya's gender tests.

South Africa make Semenya apology

Caster Semenya has received an unconditional apology from Athletics South Africa for their role in the row over the athlete's gender.

Semenya: The mystery grows

The South African athlete did take a gender test before the World Championships, and the results alarmed the team doctor

South Africa 'planned for tests on Semenya'

An email exchange published in a South African newspaper yesterday appears to show that local athletics officials had planned to give runner Caster Semenya a gender test before the world championships in Berlin.

Joan Smith: Semenya's violation is sport's shame

Scrutiny of the athlete's physique is distasteful

South Africa threatens 'world war' if Semenya receives ban

South Africa's sports minister yesterday threatened to wage "a third world war" if his country's world champion 800m runner, Caster Semenya, finds herself banned from competition as a result of the tests she has taken to determine her gender.

Athlete tries to gloss over gender controversy

Caster Semenya attempts to end speculation about her sex with makeover in gossip magazine

Meadows is in dark over Semenya

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