One day after reports were broadcast around the world that South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya is intersexed with internal testes and no uterus or ovaries, the 18-year-old track phenomenon has decided to withdraw from a race, reports the Times LIVE SA.
Semenya has withdrawn from the women's 4km race at the South African Cross Country Championships in Pretoria on Saturday. .. On Friday morning Athletics South Africa cancelled a press conference scheduled with Semenya in Pretoria on Saturday, and later in the afternoon her coach, Michael Seme, confirmed she would not take part in her last race of the season. "We have decided that Caster will not run tomorrow," Seme said. When pushed for a reason, he added that she was"'not feeling well."
The 800-meter world champion's family is outraged gender verification test results were leaked and reports say their child is intersexed.
African National Congress MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is urging South Africans to support of Caster Semenya after reports surfaced that she is intersexed, reports News 24. Says Madikizela-Mandela: "I do not understand how any sane person can blame this child for a biological problem which is not of her making. ... Every mother and grandmother, should stand up and support the mother of this child and this child. She needs our moral support. We should tell her how proud we are of her."
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