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Caster Semenya can keep her gold

Results of gender testing on South African runner to be kept under wraps


 

After Caster Semenya’s gender became the topic of public debate, it appears the truth about whether the 18-year-old South African sprinter is a man or a woman is none of our business. The International Association of Athletics Federations has decided to allow Semenya to keep her 800-metre world championship title and prize money, but the results of gender tests will be kept confidential. According to the South African sports ministry, “There will be no public announcement of what the panel of scientists has found. We urge all South Africans and other people to respect this professional ethical and moral way of doing things.” Questions about Semenya’s gender were raised after the runner’s muscular build and rapid improvement in times prompted the IAFF to order testing. The IAAF has refused to confirm or deny reports that surfaced in Australian newspapers in September that Semenya had both male and female sex organs.

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Caster Semenya can keep her gold

  1. Remember when someone in South Africa told us it was racist to question what gender she is? Good times.

  2. Doesn't something like one or two percent of the population have vestigal sex organs of the opposite gender? If hers were so under developed that they took several examinations to find, would they have any hormonal effect?

    At any rate, if it doesn't involve illegal activity like doping, I suspect a lot of us would prefer one's personal medical history to be private.

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