July 6th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Caster Semenya can return to track, compete against women

Caster Semenya has been cleared to return back to the track.

South African world champion track star Caster Semenya, who was hampered by allegations regarding her gender, can return to her sport and compete alongside of other women, the International Association of Athletics Federations said Tuesday.

The 19-year-old track star was sidelined for 11 months because she was forced to undergo gender tests after she broke onto the scene with a stunning 800-meter victory at the world championships in August 2009 and controversy broke out over whether she is a man or a woman.

During the Berlin championships, where she won the gold in her first major event, Semenya attracted a lot of attention. Her muscular build, largely-improved times and widespread allegation about her gender sparked the IAAF to order the gender verification tests.

"The IAAF accepts the conclusion of a panel of medical experts that she can compete with immediate effect," the group said in a statement on the site. "Please note that the medical details of the case remain confidential and the IAAF will make no further comment on the matter

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  1. Kristy

    awww...the poor little he/she. Cry me a freaking river.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chrissy

    This person was born as a hermaphrodite, but self associates as a woman, obviously due to the external presentation as a youth. I'm sure she was raised as a female, as would be expected. As "she" aged, the combined hormones, and particularly the male hormones, resulted in her masculine appearance. Very sad for her to have to deal with the lack of acceptance by others.
    As far as sports, she is really at an unfair advantage, competing against other women. The increased testosterone is akin to steroid use by the other women, even if she is not illegally introducing the substance into her body. I don't think she should be allowed to compete in the female field. Too bad there isn't a hermaphrodite field to compete with, as that would really be the only fair way to compete for her.

    So, if she is a lesbian, in her case that would be by choice, correct? -and then she must be destined to go to hell. Since God doesn't make mistakes, we should all ostracize her, and she should be sentenced to a life without love, because if she acts on that "unnatural" love, then she is a sinner. PCOS can also result in an increased level of androgyns in women, and is much more common than hermaphrodites. MANY lesbians suffer from that, before the resulting weight gain. (Others get it post-weight gain, but the ones that get it before often are lesbians.)

    July 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissy

      read sarcasm in the last paragraph 😉

      July 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not Sure

      So what you are saying is fat chicks are lesbians?
      Got it.

      July 6, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    Wow! 11 months to determine she is a woman!
    The last time I checked, such things can be discovered FAR more quickly.
    Gross anatomy is different, the last time *I* checked. And after being married for over 28 years, I think I know those anatomical differences.
    THEN, to be certain there isn't chimerism or hermaphroditism, there are simple ultrasound tests AND even simpler, DNA.

    July 6, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Costanza

      the pool water was reeeeeaaaaaaaalllllllyyyyy cold!

      July 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mboma

    Thats a black an coulter

    July 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lali

    like someone said here, this person is a hermaphrodite.

    July 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ashley

    where in that article did it state she is a hermaphrodite? no where. & I see no arm pit hair(which women shave! it doesn't just not grow idiot) & no adam's apple. I definatly don't see a penis either. people are just seeing what they want to see on their drugged up minds not actuality. if it took 11 months then obviously they wanted to be through.
    I just *love* how narrow minded people can be then get upset when they are judged. wake up. science tends to trump judgemental morons.

    July 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ashley

    if she is androgynest it does not mean she is a hermaphrodite. they are two different things; one is you look gender neutral(look like a boy or a girl) & one you have both male & female gentiles-even if both aren"t visible. so yes she may be androgynest but nothing anyone besides gossip magazines proves otherwise.

    & yes my spelling, capitalization & grammer may not be so great being on my phone but at least I'm not critizing a young woman who has gone through a lot.

    July 6, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRegan


      Do you have a penis?
      You seem very angry on this issue.

      July 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daphne

    Lol. The cruel comments are from people who are sad and horribly stupid with no knowledge of science, biology and chemistry whatsoever. Probably dumb drop outs, farm hecklers or ignorant English majors.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jigsaw

    She would give her right testicle for a pair of boobs,

    July 7, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
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