18-year-old Caster Semenya from South Africa is being subjected to “gender testing” after winning gold at the African Junior Championships and another gold this week in Berlin. Nick Davies from the International Association of Athletics Federations had this to say about the tests after gossip concerning the runner’s gender began to go around:
Davies described the tests necessary to determine the gender of an athlete as “an extremely complex procedure” involving medics, scientists, gynaecologists and psychologists, the outcome of which is not expected for several weeks. “The situation today is that we do not have any conclusive evidence that she should not be allowed to run,” he said.
“It would be wrong today to take a decision to withdraw an athlete. This is a medical condition. It is nothing that she has done. There is a need to make sure rules are followed. We are more concerned for the person and not to make this as something that is humiliating.”
Ummmm….too late! Poor Caster! What an awful thing to go through…even Lady Gaga didn’t have to get tests done.
Via THE GUARDIAN.