Friday, September 11, 2009

Gender Results on Caster Semenya Have Been Revealed

I don't normally do posts on sports or sports related news, but since I am dying to hear your opinions of the subject, I thought I'd make an exception.
So by now I'm sure that everyone has heard about Caster Semenya, the 18 year old from South Africa that kicked everyone's ass and won the gold in the women’s 800 metre race at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. After leaving her competitors in her dust, critics immediately began to cry and pout like a bunch of babies and demand that Caster undergo serious gender testing. It has been weeks since she first won the gold and after a series of tests the results have been leaked. Doctors found that Caster was born with both sex organs and has been identified as a hermaphrodite. reports:
"Yesterday, the Australian The Daily Telegraph quoted a “source closely involved with the Semenya examinations” at the International Association of Athletics Federations as saying that tests, including “various scans”, showed she had internal testes and no uterus or ovaries.
“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,” the
Sydney tabloid reported.
The IAAF has said it will release the report only in November, after consulting Semenya.
Spokesman Nick Davies did not respond last night to queries on the alleged leak.
The Times informed Semenya’s family of the Australian newspaper’s report on the gender tests performed by IAAF doctors last month.
The 18-year-old’s mother, Dorcus, fumed and accused the media of “causing the family pain” by continuing to report on the controversy.
“Why must jealousy drive people to say such bad things? Why are you bringing all this?” she said, before hanging up.
Semenya’s grandmother, Maphuthi Sekgale, was shocked and angry on hearing the news: “They are crazy. It can only be jealousy that makes them say that she is a man.
“I raised her as a young girl and I have no doubt that she is a girl.
“As the family, we don’t care who is saying what and we also don’t care, even if she won’t be running internationally, but we will always support her athletic talent,” she said
The Daily Telegraph claimed “Semenya has three times the amount of testosterone a ‘normal’ female would have”.
It said the IAAF “is ready to disqualify Semenya from future events” and has not ruled out stripping her of her gold medal.
Athletics SA president Leonard Chuene told The Times last night that he was appalled at “how far people are willing to go to pull down Semenya’s victory”.
“What you are saying to me is like swearing at this little girl. We have no idea where these allegations are coming from because we were told by IAAF that the results would only be out in November,” said Chuene, who has repeatedly denied any gender tests were conducted on the athlete.
Chuene accused unnamed people in Europe of “making up their minds about Caster”.
“[They] will continue spreading these stories until they have ruined her name,” he said.
The Australian report quoted the unnamed IAAF source as saying: “There certainly is evidence Semenya is an hermaphrodite. But the trouble is the IAAF now has the whole ANC and the whole of
South Africa on their backs.
“Everything is going to have to be done absolutely by the book, no question of a challenge to our findings,” it said.
ANC Youth League spokesman Floyd Shivambu — whose organisation gave Semenya R50000 after her win — said the report might be based on “malicious rumour”.
“I think we need to find the real truth before we can give these claims a platform,” he said.
“We need to know who is saying this. We should be careful that we are not giving them a platform to confirm a rumour that is not yet verified by the IAAF.”

Can you even effing imagine not only finding out that you are not the exact gender you have lived your whole life as, but having a gold medal that you have worked tirelessly for stripped away from you? What bullshit! I can understand fair being fair but come the fuck on! That poor girl has been through so much over the past few weeks and for what? To be humiliated in front of the world? And if she is disqualified, what then does the future hold for any hermaphrodites hitching their star to the field of athletics? Will they have to compete as men? Will they get their own division? There are so many questions I can't even begin to ask them all. What I do know though is the absolute trama they are putting this girl through is unbelievable. And whatever doctor or nurse leaked those results should face serious consequences immediately! Here's hoping that Caster and her family can weather this storm and hold their heads high. I'll be rooting for them!


Keith said...

I have no idea what to say. I thought I had seen it all. I guess there's always something else. I do feel bad for Caster. I can't imagine what this must be like for her.

Mrs. M. said...

I feel badly for her as well. I can only imagine what she must be going through. She worked hard for that medal and she deserves to be rewarded for her triumphs, not punished for being born a certain way. I get that they want to be fair, but she didnt know and what's done is done now so let her keep her medal!

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