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Sports World News of Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Source: bbc.com

Semenya's Nike video hits back at critics

South African star athlete Caster Semenya has hit back at her critics in a video put together by her sponsors, Nike.

The Olympic and world 800m champion features as part of the US sports giant's campaign - featuring several sportsmen and women who have achieved extraordinary feats on and off the field.

The video plays Semenya's life backwards; from the running track to when she takes her first steps as a little girl.

She addresses her critics, saying:

"Would it be simpler if I stopped winning? Would you be more comfortable if I was less proud? Would you prefer I hadn't worked so hard? Or just didn't run? Or stopped at my first steps?"

It concludes, "that's too bad, I was born to do this".

Semenya is currently challenging a rule by athletics world governing body - the IAAF - that some female runners with naturally high testosterone levels, like her, will have to race against men or change events, unless they take medication.

She had called the decision "unlawful".