Officials look for proof that runner is a woman

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I was going to post this in SPORT, but decided that it may as well go straight to the NAAFI!

Officials look for proof that runner is a woman



By Simon Turnbull

Thursday August 20 2009

While Caster Semenya, the new teenage sensation of the women's 800m, was getting ready for the World Championship final it emerged yesterday that the South African runner had been undergoing tests -- not of her speed but of her gender.

Even before her gold at the World Athletics Championship in Berlin last night, speculation about the sexuality of the 18-year-old had been mounting on the track and field scene.

Semenya shot to the top of the world rankings for the two-lap event with a stunning time of 1 min 56.72 sec in the African Junior Championships in Mauritius three weeks ago.

Just five hours before she was due to line up as favourite for the 800m final in the Olympiastadion in Berlin came confirmation that she had been subjected to tests to determine her gender.

But even with that weight on her shoulders, Semenya obliterated the field with a stunning run to take gold.

Verification

Nick Davies, communications director of the International Association of Athletics Federations, confirmed Athletics South Africa had been contacted and asked to provide "gender verification documentation".

"The gender verification test is extremely complex and difficult and the report has not yet been concluded," Davies said. "The situation today is that we don't have any conclusive evidence that she should not be allowed to run."

Semenya's coach, Michael Seme, maintained that his charge was prepared to "take off her pants" to prove her sexuality.

He said Semenya, who hails from the Limpopo province, had been stopped from entering female toilets at a petrol station in Cape Town recently because attendants were convinced she was a man. "Caster just laughed and asked if they would like her to take off her pants to show them she was a woman," he said.

Seme said he was "100pc certain" that Semenya was female. He said he was keen to clear the air after all of the trackside speculation.

"We understand people will ask questions because she looks like a man," he said. "It's a natural reaction and it's only human to be curious. People probably have the right to ask such questions. But I can give you the telephone numbers of her room-mates in Berlin. They have already seen her naked in the showers and she has nothing to hide."

Davies stressed: "It's a medical issue. It's not an issue of cheating. We have to be very sensitive to this. We're dealing with a human being, someone who was born as a woman and who has grown up as a woman and we now have this issue where that is being questioned."

Semenya, who broke Zola Budd's South African junior 800m record in March, is not the first track and field athlete to become embroiled in gender speculation.

Stella Walsh, the Polish sprinter who won the Olympic women's 100m title in Los Angeles in 1932 and who took silver in the Olympiastadion in Berlin four years later, was found to have partially developed male genitalia.

Subsequent tests revealed that she possessed both male and female chromosomes, a condition known as mosaicism.

The German athlete who finished fourth in the women's high jump at the 1936 Berlin Olympics was known as Dora Ratjen but was later discovered to be a man, Hermann Ratjen.

- Simon Turnbull

http://www.independent.ie/world-new...that---runner-is-a-woman-1864743.html?start=1
One is reminded about the East German Womans shot-put champion complaining to the coach that "Ze drugs are making hair grow all over ze body" "Zat is normal" "Even on my balls?"
 
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But would you do it?
 
#4
"Officials look for proof that runner is a woman".

Have they thought about leaving the toilet seat up and seeing how it responds?
 
#5
Of course, they could just ask them to park a car...
 

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flamingo said:
Of course, they could just ask them to park a car...
Or read a map........
 
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Auld-Yin said:
flamingo said:
Of course, they could just ask them to park a car...
Or read a map........
Naw, they might just be officer material :wink:
 
#8
Has she got an adam's apple?
 

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#9
Doesn't look all that with it from that photograph. If they're having a look at the sex chromosomes anyway, they may just want to do a quick count too while they're there...
 
#11
It's all a load of cock.
 
#12
Mr_Deputy said:
She's taken this all very calmly. Well she's got some balls I'll give her that.
Taken it all like a real man! :D
 
#14
The soft furnishings test usually works.

A sofa covered in scatters cushions. if it's a woman she'll arrange them, if it's a bloke he'll wipe his nose (at the very least) on them.
 
#15
Chicks with Dicks
 
#16
Quote from the article.

"The gender verification test is extremely complex and difficult ..............."

Perhaps they should sack the current testing team and get some arrse volunteers on the case. Shouldn't take more than a jiffy.
 
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Arte_et_Marte said:
Quote from the article.

"The gender verification test is extremely complex and difficult ..............."

Perhaps they should sack the current testing team and get some arrse volunteers on the case. Shouldn't take more than a jiffy.

This lot?

Most of them would just declare any hole a goal and ream the he-she's arse red raw.
 

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