Betty on the News: Runner Caster Semenya Not 100% Female
Caster Semenya, the championship teen runner, isn’t all woman, says report
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Caster Semenya is a woman, but maybe not 100% female, the London Times reports.
The 18-year-old South African runner’s winning performance at last month’s IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Berlin was so sensational that it left some people wondering if she was in fact female.
Semenya later underwent a bevy of medical tests to prove her gender, and according to the Australian Daily Telegraph, the results indicate that she is intersex with both male and female sexual characteristics. She reportedly doesn’t have a womb or ovaries and has undescended testicles and high levels of testosterone.
As a result, the IAAF could disqualify the South African from future events and strip her of her gold medal, the newspaper reported. However, IAAF spokesman Nick Davies told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Semenya is likely to keep her gold.
“There is no automatic disqualification of results in a case like this,” Davies said. “This is not a doping case at present, so it shouldn’t be considered as one where you have a retroactive stripping of results.” (Fox News)