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Caster Semenya has both male and female organs
  • September 13th, 2009

South African runner Caster Semenya has gone into hiding and drops out of futures races, after the wake of the gender tests have shown she is a hermaphrodite. She is said to be receiving trauma counselling and is contemplating her future in athletics currently.

An Australian media few days ago published leaked details of the International Association of Athletics Federations tests. It claims that the 800m world champion has a chromosomal abnormality. This means Semenya has no womb or ovaries but internal testes that produce the male hormone, testosterone.

South African athletics officials met to discuss the controversy and would make a statement later today. International athletics officials on their part said they would not strip her Berlin World Champ medal as the level of testerone produced in her is natural.

Semenya’s inter gender condition

South Africas government says it will contest a ban on Caster Semenya if the world athletics body IAAF imposes any after gender tests were conducted on the 800-meter world champion.

IAAF has said it will make a decision on the tests in November and has not released the results to the public.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma and sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile expressed shock and disgust over reports in Australian newspapers that Semenya is a hermaphrodite.

On 7 September 2009, Wilfred Daniels, a manager for middle distance, resigned. According to Daniels, he resigned because he and other officials failed to tell Semenya she was being subjected to tests to determine her sex.

The spokeswoman said Semenya has cancelled all engagements and refused any interviews. The spokeswoman was quoted, “She is receiving trauma counselling. Every day she meets with psychologists who are trying to help her through what is happening around her. We are concerned for her wellbeing.”

Caster Semenya – 800m Women’s Final In Berlin


Posted by Uncle Sha.
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