Friday, September 11, 2009

Runner reported to have internal male sex organsPRETORIA, South Africa — Caster Semenya had heard the taunts and whispers — that she was different from other girls. Now the most intimate details of her anatomy are headline news, and there is worry about how the 18-year-old runner from a poor South African village will handle it all. Two Australian newspapers reported Friday that gender tests show the world champion athlete has no ovaries or uterus and internal testes that produce large amounts of testosterone. The international sports federation that ordered the tests wouldn't confirm the reports. The International Association of Athletics Federations, which ordered the gender tests, refused to confirm or deny the reports. In a statement, the IAAF said it is reviewing the test results and will issue a final decision in November. South African Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile expressed horror at the handling of the affair and insisted Caster is female. "We think her human rights have been violated and her privacy invaded," Stofile said, adding that Semenya should be given legal advice and counseling. Semenya dropped out of sight Friday. -CELEAN JACOBSON (AP)

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