Semenya Is a Hermaphrodite: Aussie Tab

South African track sensation has no uterus or ovaries: source
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2009 5:44 PM CDT
South African athlete Caster Semenya laughs with her grandmother Maphuthi Sekgala during a celebration in Moletjie, South Africa, Friday Aug. 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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(Newser) – South African track star Caster Semenya is a hermaphrodite, the Daily Telegraph of Australia reports. The 18-year-old has no ovaries or uterus, according to the tabloid, which cites "a source closely involved" in tests ordered by the international track and field governing body after Semenya won the gold medal in the the 800m at the recent world championships. Test have also found her blood contains three times the expected level of testosterone.

The International Association of Athletics Federations is treading lightly to avoid roiling the South African government and African National Congress, according to the source. "There certainly is evidence Semenya is a hermaphrodite. But the trouble is the IAAF now have the whole ANC and the whole of South Africa on their backs," she said. "Everything is going to have to be done absolutely by the book, no question of a challenge to our findings."