FILE PHOTO: Athletics - Diamond League - Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich, Switzerland - August 30, 2018 Caster Semenya of South Africa before the Women's 800m REUTERS\/Arnd Wiegmann\/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) - Double 800 meters Olympic champion Caster Semenya hopes she can be an inspiration to the South Africa team competing at the women\u2019s World Cup after paying a visit to their camp in Paris on Wednesday. Semenya won a 2,000 meters event on the outskirts of Paris this week and dropped in on the squad ahead of their vital Group B clash against China at the Parc des Princes on Thursday. \u201cI thought I had to come here and be an inspiration,\u201d Semenya said. \u201cI don\u2019t think I had to say much, but just being here, my presence, means a lot... \u201cThis was just a token of appreciation from me to them to show that we are behind them each and every step. They must just be strong.\u201d Semenya, an XY chromosome athlete with differences in sexual development (DSDs), is currently locked in a battle with the IAAF over rules that prevent her from running her preferred distance races unless she takes testosterone-suppressant medication. [nL8N23A5GC] Her stance has made her a hero to many in South Africa and striker Jermaine Seoposenwe believes Semenya\u2019s time with the team did give them a lift. \u201cIt was a super cool experience, for me personally I think the struggles that she is going through currently is such an inspiration, the way she is fighting it,\u201d Seoposenwe said. \u201cI think we can take that fighting spirit she has portrayed in the media and for everyone to see, into the next match.\u201d South Africa lost their World Cup opener 3-1 to Spain on Saturday. Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Toby DavisOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.