Caster Semenya – 800m Gold medalist
A storm burst round the head of 800m Gold Medalist Caster Semenya after her gender was in question and the IAAf asked ASA that she must undergo a gender test to confirm that she is actually a women.
“We condemn the way she was linked with such media speculation and allegation, especially on a day she ran in the final of her first major world event,” said Gideon Sam, president of South Africa’s Olympic governing body.
Semenya, 18, won the 800m final in 1minute 55.45 seconds in Berlin on Wednesday, shortly after the International Association of Athletics Federations announced she would have to undergo a gender test.
The verification test, which takes weeks to complete, requires a physical medical evaluation, and includes reports from a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, an internal medicine specialist and an expert on gender.
Gender testing used to be mandatory for female athletes at the Olympics, but the screenings were dropped in 1999.
One reason for the change was that not all women have standard female chromosomes. In addition, there are cases of people who have ambiguous genitalia or other congenital conditions.
The most common cause of sexual ambiguity is congenital adrenal hyperplasia, an endocrine disorder where the adrenal glands produce abnormally high levels of hormones.
Hereby a image i took in 2008 at the SA High Schools Athletic Championships in Rustenburg.