IAAF receives Semenya test results

Updated: September 10, 2009, 8:23 PM ET
Associated Press

The IAAF has received the results of gender tests on Caster Semenya, winner of the women's 800-meter world title last month, and will meet with the South African runner before completing its report.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said Thursday he couldn't confirm a story in Australia's Sydney Morning Herald newspaper stating that tests show Semenya has male and female sexual organs.

"I simply haven't seen the results," Davies said. "We have received the results from Germany, but they now need to be examined by a group of experts and we will not be in a position to speak to the athlete about them for at least a few weeks.

"After that, depending on the results, we will meet privately with the athlete to discuss further action," he said.

The Australian newspaper reported in its Friday edition that medical reports on the 18-year-old Semenya indicate she has no ovaries but rather has internal male testes, which are producing large amounts of testosterone.

Davies said the newspaper's report "should be treated with caution."

After dominating her race at the world championships in Berlin last month, Semenya underwent blood and chromosome tests, as well as a gynecological examination.

The IAAF has said Semenya would probably keep her medal because the case was not related to a doping matter.

"Our legal advice is that, if she proves to have an advantage because of the male hormones, then it will be extremely difficult to strip the medal off her, since she has not cheated," Davies wrote to the AP. "She was naturally made that way, and she was entered in Berlin by her team and accepted by the IAAF. But let's wait and see once we have the final decision."

The South African Press Association reported that the country's president of athletics hadn't been informed of any reports by the IAAF.

"These are insulting words that the media are using, but we are in the dark," SAPA quoted Leonard Chuene as telling The Star newspaper. "We just don't know what affect this information will have on her deep down. This process is not correct."


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