South Africa provisionally select Caster Semenya for 2019 World Athletics Championships

Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk's participation in Doha will need to be approved by Athletics South Africa after he missed April's national championships.

Caster Semenya has been provisionally selected by Athletics South Africa (ASA) for the World Athletics Championships in Doha starting in late September.

Semenya is among 30 athletes named for Qatar who have achieved the qualifying standards in their events, and competed in April's national championships.

The double Olympic gold medallist's name is in bold with an asterisk with the subtext reading, "her selection will depend on the outcome of the CAS appeal", next to her favourite distance, the 800m.

Ten more athletes, including Rio 2016 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk, have been picked "subject to ASA board approval" after he missed April's South African nationals.

Semenya's legal battle

Semenya was last week cleared to run middle-distance events without taking testosterone-suppressing medication as the Swiss Supreme Court ordered the IAAF to suspend the implementation of its hyperandrogenism regulations.

Athletics' governing body was given until 25 June to respond to the action.

At the start of May, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected the 28-year-old's appeal against the IAAF's ruling that female athletes with a Difference of Sexual Development (DSD) - including the presence of the male Y sex chromosome - must lower their testosterone-blood concentrations to below 5nmol/L to run at distances between 400m and one mile.

Semenya took her case to the Swiss Supreme Court who suspended the regulations pending her latest appeal.

Wayde must wait

Van Niekerk returned to the track in February after 15 months on the sidelines having torn a knee ligament and cartilage during a celebrity touch rugby match.

He was due to run at April's South African nationals, but the wet track in Germiston did not fit into his plans.

That decision means the 26-year-old's participation in Qatar depends on the ASA board approving him for inclusion in the squad.

Van Niekerk still has his fitness to prove before he defends his 400m world title which he won in London's Olympic Stadium two years ago.

He will return to the same track on 20-21 July for the Anniversary Games which looks set to be his return to international action.

Paris calling for Caster

Semenya will compete in the rarely-run 2,000m at the Meeting de Montreuil in Paris on Tuesday (11 June).

She is also scheduled to race the 3,000m at the Prefontaine Classic on 30 June with the Diamond League event switched from Eugene to Stanford, California this year.

Those engagements were agreed before the Swiss Supreme Court's decision and it is still to be seen whether she makes new entries at 800m while she is eligible to do so.

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