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Caster Semenya to keep her Gold medal and prize money according to South Africans

Posted Nov 19 2009 10:00pm

South African runner Caster Semenya will keep her gold medal and prize money according to South Africa' s Sports Ministry.

Semenya won the Gold medal in the 800-meters finals at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany earlier this year.

View a slideshow of Caster Semenya photos

According to a statement on the South African Ministries web site Samenya will not only be allowed to keep her Gold medal but also the results of her gender test will be kept confidential.

"We have agreed with the IAAF that whatever scientific tests were conducted legally within the IAAF regulations will be treated as a confidential matter between patient and doctor," the statement read.

"As such there will be no public announcement of what the panel of scientists has found. We urge all South Africans and other people to respect this professional ethical and moral way of doing things." 

Caster2 According to CNN:

The IAAF had been expected to release its findings on February 20, but confirmed it had been in discussions with the South African Ministry of Sport and Recreation with a view to "resolving the issues surrounding Caster Semenya' s participation in athletics."

The IAAF went on to say that the medical tests on Semenya had still to be completed.

"There will be no discussion of Semenya' s case at the forthcoming IAAF Council Meeting to be held in Monaco on 20-21 November 2009. No further comment will be made on this subject until further notice," their statement read.

Many insiders who watched the race have speculated that Caster Semenya might be a human hermaphrodite.

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.

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