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Tests show world champion runner Caster Semenya is a hermaphrodite

World athletics is in crisis with tests showing champion runner Caster Semenya is a hermaphrodite – a person with both female and male sexual characteristics.

The tests, not yet publicly released, show the 18-year-old has no womb or ovaries.

The International Association of Athletics Federations is expected to disqualify the South African from future events and advise her to have surgery because her condition carries grave health risks, The Daily Telegraph reports.

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  1. walter fitzpatrick

    September 10, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    i am not a medical doctor but i did have a premontion for lack of a better word that this young lady was both male and female. it is a very unfortunate situation , i am very sorry to hear about this and my heart goes out to miss semenya and her family, i do wish her the best going forward as far as her health is concerned. i sincerely believe that both miss semenya and her family felt she was 100 per cent female. i knew someone like this who came from the caribbean and it was very embarrasing for this person to live a normal life. god bless you my child.

  2. Leslie Milsap

    April 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Honestly, there should not be a backlash against this woman! It does appear that the lack of a womb or ovaries make her more male, but in the end it’s her decision how she plans to live her life! I understand her not being able to participate any longer in the sport! People need to understand that her culture amongst many others cultures of African descent see her as a freak, monster, or a curse! She and her family could have been ostracized, shamed, and shunned for what many people just don’t understand! It doesn’t appear any malice was involved and she really just needs a lot of empathy and support as she goes through a very private matter in a very public way!

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