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 levels of testosterone, including her struggles to be eligible for competition.
Silence all the noise, which does not yet have a release date, was acquired by WW Norton & Company. The publisher is also planning a young reader edition.
“My life has had its challenges, but above all it has been a joy. By my example, I want to educate, enlighten and inform about how the world can accommodate those who are born different,” the South African superstar said in a press release Tuesday.
“You might have heard part of my story over the years, and you might have seen me run or stand on the podium proudly at the Olympics. But there is still so much that 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 excluded from the women’s 400-meter and 800-meter races at the Tokyo Olympics this summer and suffered almost constant interference from track authorities.
She refused to comply with rules established in 2018 that require her to artificially lower her testosterone levels, whether from 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.”