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South African athletics chief blasts Caster Semenya 'hermaprodite' claims

South Africa’s athletics boss Leonard Chuene has blasted Australian media reports alleging that world 800m champion Caster Semenya is a hermaphrodite.

The 18-year-old made global headlines last month when questions were raised over her gender after she won gold in the two-lap race at the World Championships in Berlin – crossing the line in a personal best time, which was over two seconds clear of defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei.

‘The IAAF has issued a statement that said the case will come before the executive council in November where it will be decided,’ Chuene said.

‘They told us this week that the tests are inconclusive and they could not give us the results just yet. So I really do not know where the Australia media got this latest one from.’…..Read More

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  1. Reality Check

    September 11, 2009 at 10:31 am

    As an American I find it laughable when considering the so-called “outrage” expressed by South African officials on this issue. Clearly nationalistic feelings would appear to triumph over reason on this one. Even if she’s still technically a girl she’s also a man. Its totally unfair to the other runners in the race to allow her to keep he gold medal. Her unfair advantage in testosterone levels is similar to being injected with large amounts of steroids which everyone agrees would be an unfair advantage. Sure the testing may have been invasive but clearly the other runners concerns were justified as the “leaked” results confirm that “she” is also a man. Shame on Chuene for his unwillingness to accept the truth. Perhaps his duaghter (if he has any) should be forced to compete against a hermaphrodite. Then he might be willing to change his position.

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