NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya is working on a book about her triumphs as a runner and her experiences as an intersex woman with naturally high testosterone levels, including her battles to be eligible for the competition.
“Silence All the Noise”, which does not yet have a release date, has been acquired by WW Norton & Company. The publisher is also planning a youth edition.
“My life has had its difficulties, but above all it has been a joy. By my example, I want to educate, enlighten and inform how the world can welcome those who are born different,” the South African superstar said in a statement on Tuesday.
“You may have heard some of my story over the years, and you may have seen me running or standing proudly on the podium at the Olympics. But there’s still so much I need to tell about strength, courage, love, resilience, and being true to who you are. I want this book to show people around the world how to do just that.
Besides her Olympic medals, 30-year-old Semenya has won three world championship titles. But she was barred from the women’s 400m and 800m races at the Tokyo Olympics this summer and faced near-constant interference from track authorities. She has refused to comply with rules set in 2018 that require her to artificially lower her testosterone levels – whether it’s birth control pills, hormone-blocking injections or surgery.
“Why am I going to take drugs? Semenya said in 2019. “I’m a pure athlete. I don’t cheat. They should focus on doping, not us.