IAAF offers to pay for Caster Semenya’s gender surgeryDecember 12th, 2009 - 12:28 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec. 12 (ANI): The International Association of Athletics Federations has offered to pay for South African star athlete Caster Semenya’s gender surgery or other treatments if she fails the verification test.
The final results of the gender verification test carried out on the South African teenager during the World Championships in Berlin in August are still awaited.
But according to leaked reports it has emerged that Semenya is a hermaphrodite with internal testes and has three times the normal level of testosterone for a female.
If the result is confirmed by the expert panel studying her condition, then the issue for the IAAF will be whether her raised testosterone gives her an unfair advantage over her rivals - a situation that would require remedial treatment if she wishes to race again in women’s competitions. (ANI)
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