There are new developments in the case of Caster Semenya, the South African track star at the center of an international controversy over gender. The Sydney Daily Telegraph quotes an anonymous IAAF source who claims the results of complex gender tests reveal she is intersexed with internal testes and no uterus or ovaries.
"The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is ready to disqualify Semenya from future events and advise her to have immediate surgery because her condition carries grave health risks. They have also not ruled out stripping Semenya of her 800m world championships gold medal. Tests conducted during the world athletics championships in Berlin last month, where Semenya's gender became the subject of heated debate following her victory in the 800m, revealed evidence she is a hermaphrodite, someone with both male and female sexual characteristics.
Semenya, 18, has three times the amount of testosterone that a "normal'' female would have. According to a source closely involved with the Semenya examinations IAAF testing, which included various scans, has revealed she has internal testes - the male sexual organs which produce testosterone."
The IAAF expects to receive the full suite of medical results this week. The report also indicates the results have not been discussed with Caster Semenya, and, she is not aware of her medical condition. If this is true, it would be a gross violation of medical privacy and the IAAF is violating its own rules.
Caster Semenya won the gold medal in the women's 800 meters at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. At the time, it was revealed the teenage track phenom was the focus of a gender verification process. Although the South African government filed a complaint against the IAAF with the United Nations, the IAAF source quoted in the Daily Telegraph claims Athletics SA was well aware of Semenya's medical condition: "Basically they (ASA) have known for months, for years, that she's not normal. They could have set in process these kind of tests if they had been more responsible.''
Last week, when questioned about the controversy by the South African magazine YOU, Semenya said: "God made me the way I am and I accept myself. I am who I am and I'm proud of myself. I don't want to talk about the tests. I'm not even thinking about them."