Today an Australian newspaper based in Sydney is claiming that they have intercepted the test results conducted on runner Caster Semenya.
Semenya came under scrutiny last month when she broke the Women's 800m race at the World Athletics Championship in Berlin by almost a full second. Quickly after her win red flags were thrown and foul was called as people were making claims that Semenya was actually a man.
The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) conducted a series of medical and physical exams on Semenya to get to the bottom of the case and determine if she was really a he! Initial reports came back that Semenya had 3x the normal limit of testosterone in her system.
Today the Australian newspaper claims that: "...extensive physical examinations of the 18-year-old runner ordered by the IAAF have shown she is technically a hermaphrodite. Medical reports indicate she has no ovaries, but rather has internal male testes, which are producing large amounts of testosterone."
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The IAAF was quick to respond by neither confirming nor denying the report details but instead said that they were still reviewing the details and would release their official response in late November at their next Council Meeting.
The report goes on to say: ""This is a medical issue and not a doping issue where she was deliberately cheating," IAAF spokesman Nick Davies was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
"These tests do not suggest any suspicion of deliberate misconduct but seek to assess the possibility of a potential medical condition which would give Semenya an unfair advantage over her competitors. There is no automatic disqualification of results in a case like this."
The IAAF has said Semenya would probably keep her medal because the case was not related to a drug matter. But the Herald said an alternative possibility was to award a second gold to the runner-up, Janeth Jepkosgei from Kenya.