Via BBC News

New world 800m champion Caster Semenya has been asked to take a gender test, according to athletics’ governing body.

The International Association of Athletics Federations says it demanded the test three weeks ago amid fears she should not be able to run as a woman.

IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said the “extremely complex, difficult” test results were not due for several weeks.

The South African athletics federation insist it is “completely sure” that the 18-year-old Semenya is a female. Continue Reading…..

If it comes to light that Semenya is in fact a man then mark my words Hollywood will come a knocking!

What are your thoughts on this story?

25 replies »

  1. Oh dear, some one has been listening to prince philips and taken him seriously.

    Anyway, alot of drama has already been created and they could have avoided all this had they done it sooner or later. Why have they not asked her whether she had she had a sex change or not and then judge her from there other than bring in all the psychologists and DNA and so on. Why can’t things be straight forward? She obviously knows whether she had a sex change unless she was born with both sexes and chose one. I pray it was not cheating because that will look bad.

  2. word yo!! looks like a man… talks like a man… got a bulge like a man… its a man… and if there was a question … why not do it before the race so she or he can race with the appropriate gender…. Arrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhh so stupid!!

    WTF?! SMDH

  3. Apparently they knew two weeks be4 and suspected. What does it take to prove it’s a man or woman. Strip search? Unless she went through a sex change. Oh, dear the president of south african athletics is a very unhappy man. he says they are treating her like a lepar. This will turn out very nasty if it’s a girl Who has the race card people? Hand it over. LMAO

  4. It’s not the first time that she is competing. She has been in the junior championships. There must have been a tip off. Whichever way it turns out, it had better be in her favour otherwise, humiliation for her and southafrica and for the organisers of this event if she is a girl.

    Has she got another race or was the 800m her only event?

  5. This is definately not a case of black or white. The president of south african athletics has threatened to risk losing his job over this. He was furious at the development of the whole thing. Probably the whole situation is a mistake. Hopefully. SMH

  6. “The 18-year-old runner’s father, Jacob, dismissed the speculation, telling the Sowetan newspaper: “she is my little girl. … I raised her and I have never doubted her gender. She is a woman and I can repeat that a million times.”

  7. something’s not right here and i mean the way this has been dealt with. they could’ve dealt with this before the championship and discreetly. why publicly humiliate an 18yr old like this?

  8. The way they are talking it’s like they were trying to deal with it but could not do it faster before the competetion, allowed her to compete, and when she whooped ass, some could not contain it and it ran out of hand.

  9. “These kind of people should not run with us,” Elisa Cusma of Italy, who finished sixth, said in a postrace interview with Italian journalists. “For me, she’s not a woman. She’s a man.”

    Mariya Savinova, a Russian who finished fifth, told Russian journalists that she did not believe Semenya would be able to pass a test. “Just look at her,” Savinova said.

    And this is what she is up against. I really hope she turns out female with no foul play or gender changes and she is all natural, i really do. Had she come fourth out of the medal’s positions, this would not have been a problem at all.

  10. Assuming she is a she and not a he. I am so intrigued by this story and the reactions and steorotypes. That response from the italian athlete amuses me. I cannot wait for the results.

  11. i heard it was the australians that started this whole mess.. by bitching in the sidelines…
    i hope athletic folks are ready to apologise to her publicly when its all over.. cos .. this is kinda out of order!!!
    !! CHUPS….

  12. If she is a she, it will turn out 2 be a case of, was she woman enough 2 compete with other women? If that makes sense.

  13. I feel bad for her because she probably has been mocked all her life. At least she can be finally do something that she can be proud of. Besides, why are they questioning her gender now after she won. If there was a problem, they should have checked her out discreetly before the race instead of embarrassing her after she won.

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