Caster Semenya’s Gender Still in Question


Athletics South Africa (ASA) says that gold medalist runner Caster Semenya will not get the green light to compete again until she is cleared by the IAAF's gender testing, Reuters reports. The IAAF ordered the tests after Semenya won the women's 800 meters at the world championships in Berlin in August 2009. The international governing body of athletics became suspicious because of Semenya's vast improvement in performance in such a short period.

Semenya insists that she is a woman and that the publicity of the case has caused her difficulties. Semenya's coach, Michael Seme, says she's gearing up to compete locally starting February 19. But the ASA says, “We can only allow her to participate in events once we get clarity from the IAAF, not at this stage.”

For an in-depth look at the issue and how it has affected Semenya, check out this New Yorker profile by Ariel Levy.

–Aileen Torres