Radio Facts: Talk about humiliation and embarrassment. And after just doing a cover on a magazine where they glammed him/her up. Reports now indicate the athlete is a chick AND a dude! Wonder how the black church will explain this one? She really should sue the sh… out of the organization for humiliation. Part of this is her family’s fault. They knew. They should have given her the honor and the option to just step down without saying sh…. This is wrong on so many levels.
Sex tests carried out on Caster Semenya, the world 800 meters champion, show that she is a hermaphrodite, a source close to the case claimed tonight. Test allegedly indicate she has no uterus or female reproductive organs but that she has both male and female sex organs.
If the allegation is backed up by the results, the South African may well find herself stripped of her gold medal and banned from racing. The IAAF, the world governing body, refused to comment on the claim tonight, but earlier in the day its general secretary, Pierre Weiss, said: “It is clear that she is a woman but maybe not 100 per cent.” Leonard Chuene, the president of Athletics South Africa (ASA), which has been vocal in its criticism of the IAAF, said: “We cannot get involved in gossip of this sort. Our people will speak to Caster and ensure that she puts these rumours from her mind.”
The situation is extremely delicate because of a lack of precedents and Semenya’s high profile in South Africa. The African National Congress Youth League has already accused the IAAF of racism, while Mr Chuene has resigned from the IAAF Council in protest. The source told the Australian Daily Telegraph: “There certainly is evidence Semenya is a hermaphrodite, but the trouble is the IAAF now have the whole ANC and the whole of South Africa on their backs. Everything is going to have to be done absolutely by the book, no question of a challenge to our findings.”
The ill feeling between the IAAF and ASA has been festering since the story broke on the day of Semenya’s final three weeks ago.
The IAAF claim gender verification tests were done in South Africa when their attention was drawn to her huge improvement at the Africa Junior Championships in Mauritius in July. ASA denies these tests took place and that the only tests were done by the IAAF during the World Championships in Berlin.
However, it is known the pre-Berlin tests revealed high levels of testosterone. Nick Davies, IAAF spokesman, said: [source]