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Friday, September 11, 2009

Caster Semenya’s Gender Test Results Are In!

The results are in from the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) mandated gender test of South African runner Caster Semenya. An Australian newspaper reported the results reveal Semenya has no ovaries or womb and internal male testes, which are producing large amounts of testosterone. What could this all mean? Well, it means Semenya is intersexed. So in a nutshell (no pun intended), Semenya possesses the sex organs of both genders, what used to be referred to as hermaphroditism. Traditionally, as in this case, if the reports are true, the parents of intersexed children decide which gender to raise their child from birth and that is the gender said child conforms to. In this case, Semenya was raised as a female, so that’s what she is. Case closed? Well, hold on.

IAAF spokesman Nick Davies confirms receipt of the test results but states they “need to be examined by a group of experts and we will not be in a position to speak to the athlete about them for at least a few weeks.” Davies did not confirm nor deny the Australian paper’s report. Davies went on to add, “We do not expect to make a final decision on this case before the next meeting of the IAAF Council which takes place in Monaco on November 20-21.”


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