Caster Semenya in August, 2009.

Caster Semenya still waiting on sex test results

For months, the South African runner has been kept in the dark about whether she can compete as a woman


Tracy Clark-Flory
March 31, 2010 2:42AM (UTC)

Seven months have passed since South African runner Caster Semenya was tricked into undergoing a sex test. But despite all the time that has passed, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) still hasn't given the 19-year-old the test results or its official verdict about whether she will be allowed to compete as a woman in the future. Sure, the results were allegedly leaked to the press several months ago, but Semenya says she hasn't heard a word from her inquisitors and her reps haven't been able to get a hold of officials. So, she broke her silence Tuesday to essentially say: Screw it, I'm gonna start competing anyway. 

"Unfortunately, these processes have dragged on far too long and with no reasonable certainty as to their end," she said in a statement. "The result is that my athletic capabilities and earning potential are being severely compromised. I am an athlete first and foremost and it is vital for my competitiveness, my well-being and for my preparations for the European summer that I measure my performance against other athletes." Despite her resolve, it isn't clear that she will actually be allowed to compete. In fact, she was barred from entering a South African competition the very same day as her big announcement.

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I have but one word to adequately describe the IAAF's conduct: Disgusting. No wait -- shameful, bigoted, tragic, unforgivable, outrageous, incompetent. If officials can't manage to "figure out" someone's sex in seven whole months, they might want to reconsider whether it is really so supremely important.


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