South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya has gone into hiding and is reportedly receiving trauma counseling after tests were leaked that reveal she is intersexed, according to South African media.
News 24: "As Semenya withdrew from a 4km cross-country race in Pretoria on Saturday, Athletics South Africa spokeswoman Phiwe Mlangeni-Tsholetsane confirmed the athlete was receiving counseling but denied a report that she is suicidal. Mlangeni-Tsholetsane said: 'She has not mentioned suicide. She is an extremely strong and determined young woman. But the past few days have been extremely difficult. Every day she meets with psychologists who are trying to help her through what is happening around her. We are concerned for her well-being.' "
Meanwhile, Athletics South Africa (ASA) demands the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) apologize to Caster Semenya for their handling of the investigation into her gender. The story of the 18 year-old University of Pretoria student who won 800m gold in a world-leading time, now the focus of a gender controversy, has become a global phenomenon. The results of complex gender tests were leaked last week that reveal she is intersexed with internal testes and no uterus or ovaries.
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