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.

Cape Town native van Niekerk, who turns 27 in July, suffered a "minor setback" with a bone bruise ruling him out of July's London Anniversary Games where he had hoped to return to international competition.

Van Niekerk still hopes to be fit to attempt to complete a hat-trick of 400m world titles in Doha.

Semenya's legal battle

Semenya was temporarily 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 with the Swiss court extending that suspension by six days, enabling her to run in the Prefontaine Classic where she extended her unbeaten record over 800m to 31 races.

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, before his latest injury blow.

That decision means his participation in Qatar depends on the ASA board approving him for inclusion in the squad.

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

This story has been updated from its original version published on 11th June, to add additional information about Wayde van Niekerk's return from injury.

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