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Athlete Caster Semenya tests as "inter-gender"

11/9/2009
Scientific tests on the gender of controversial South African 800m world champion Caster Semenya have shown that she has an inter-gender condition, according to BBC Sport.

The 18-year-old athlete was asked to take the tests just hours before she won her title in Berlin, following a very rapid rise to prominence this year.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) wants the results examined before they speak with Semenya. "It's likely that she has some hermaphroditic or inter-gender condition," said BBC Sport’s Gorgon Farquhar.

"We have received the results from Germany, but they now 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.

"After that, depending on the results, we will meet privately with the athlete to discuss further action,” said the IAAF’s Nick Davies. The IAAF will not comment further on Semenya until after the IAAF council meeting in Monaco on 20-21 November.

The results of the tests were allegedly leaked to an Australian newspaper, sparking angry reactions in South Africa, with one MP even calling for the IAAF to be sued for their treatment of Semenya.
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