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Gold medal athlete Caster Semenya told to prove she is a woman

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posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 11:05 PM
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Report: 800 champ has male, female sex organs
Track officials could face major dilemma concerning South African teen sta

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updated 2 hours, 13 minutes ago

SYDNEY - World 800-meter champion Caster Semenya of South Africa has male and female sexual organs, the Sydney Morning Herald said on Friday, posing an ethical and political quandary for athletics' ruling body.

The Herald said extensive physical examinations of 18-year-old Semenya ordered by the IAAF have shown she is technically a hermaphrodite.

Medical reports indicate she has no ovaries, but rather has internal male testes, which are producing large amounts of testosterone.

The newspaper said the IAAF was trying to contact the athlete to inform her of the results. After dominating her race at the world titles in Berlin last month, Semenya was given blood and chromosome tests as well as a gynecological examination.




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