Commonwealth Games 2010: Caster Semenya the latest to withdraw on medical grounds

Caster Semenya, the world 800 metres champion, has been pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on medical grounds just hours after her coach announced that she was fit to competeThe 19-year-old, who returned to action in July after an 11-month gender investigation, has been struggling with a back injury sustained in training, though her coach, Michael Seme, had dismissed the problem as a minor niggle.

“She had a slight pain in the back, but the issue has been blown slightly out of proportion,” said Seme.

“She’s going to be 100 per cent fit. We are training and will be there.”

But, hours later, Seme’s decision was overruled on the advice of the South African Olympic Committee doctor.

The Olympic Committee chief executive, Tubby Ready, said the scan “confirmed that she most certainly has a back problem”.

Semenya would have been the overwhelming favourite to add the Commonwealth Games 800m crown to the world title she won in Berlin last summer.

Her absence f will be another huge blow for the beleaguered organisers, who have bee

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