Semenya’s Olympic Dream Could Be Shattered, Yet to Qualify for Tokyo Games

Semenya’s Olympic Dream Could Be Shattered, Yet to Qualify for Tokyo Games

- Local Olympic athlete Caster Semenya has not yet qualified for this year's Tokyo games and her hopes for competing have been further slimmed by the cancellation of the African Athletics Championship

- The games were meant to assist any athletes who had not yet qualified but have once again been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

- Semenya's last hope for qualifying will be in Cape Town this weekend

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Caster Semenya's chances of qualifying for the Olympics in Tokyo are getting slimmer by the day after the cancellation of this year's African Athletics Championships.

Semenya’s Olympic Dream Could Be Shattered, Yet to Qualify for Tokyo Games
Semenya's hopes of competing at this years Tokyo Olympics are slim. Image: Getty

Cancellation of the games

According to Inside, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, last month agreed that Lagos would host the event, but Nigeria’s authorities have intervened to say the Championships now cannot be hosted as planned due to the global pandemic.

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The games have painstakingly been rescheduled a few times, with Lagos the last option. It's certainly the athletes who've been left the most disappointed as the games were meant to assist those who had not yet qualified for the Olympics, including Semenya.

Semenya's final hope

As previously reported by eNCAA, Semenya's final hope to qualify is a Cape Town event starting this weekend, which is likely to host a 3 000m and not her preferred 5 000m race.

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More on Caster Semenya

In more news surrounding the local athlete, Briefly News previously reported that local golden-girl Caster Semenya has the incredible skill to impress audiences on and off the field, this time bagging her Postgraduate certificate in Sports Management.

The studious Olympiad is certainly proving why brains and brawn can co-exist, taking to Instagram to share the news of her most recent graduation. Although the athlete is overjoyed about reaching the once-in-a-lifetime milestone, it's clear Semenya had hoped to receive her certificate in person.

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"Today it's that day but virtual not the same feeling like the walk of fame for those few seconds," she captioned her celebratory post.

Well wishes from the online community

Mzansi social media users definitely sympathised with the sports star, taking to the comments section to share their thoughts.

gcobisaduna_siziba said:

"Congrats champ. just finished watching my own virtual graduation, it's really not the same, but we made it."

liv2wynn said:

"CONGRATS CASTER!"

legolatsebe_sa said:

"Congratz my dear!"

emeldahn said:

"Awww girl, congratulations, congratulations!"

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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