Caster Semenya is a hermaphrodite according to published reports
Posted Sep 11 2009 10:01pm
Test results show that South African runner Caster Semenya is a hermaphrodite according to a recent news story published in Australia.
"The Sydney Daily Telegraph reported on Thursday that the
tests, which have not been publicly released, show that Semenya has no
womb or ovaries and scans revealed that she has internal testes, which
have resulted in a testosterone level three times higher than a normal
female," according to Universal Sports.
The Sydney Daily Telegraph goes on to report that, "The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is ready
to disqualify Semenya from future events and advise her to have
immediate surgery because her condition carries grave health risks.
They have also not ruled out stripping Semenya of her 800m world
championships gold medal."
Doctors may advise Semenya to get surgery as human hermaphrodites can often have severe physical and psychological issues to overcome including kidney tumors.
If the reports are true and test confirm that Semenya does exhibit both male and female sexual characteristic the implications for the sport of running are unknown as of yet.
"There is no automatic disqualification of results in a case like
this," IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said. "This is not a doping case at present, so it
shouldn' t be considered as one where you have a retroactive stripping
Davies went on to tell the Associate Press that the official results won' t be disclosed for two weeks.
For better and perhaps for worse Semenya may become the face of the human hermaphrodite condition if those test prove to verify the Sydney Daily Telegraph Story.
As you may recall from THIS story, the 18-year-old South African runner came out of nowhere and easily won the gold medal in the 800 meters at the recent World Championships in Berlin.
even before she stepped onto the track insiders were questioning the
runners gender, and now the runner is awaiting gender test results that
could strip of of her top podium position and her world championship