Tests show that controversial runner Caster Semenya is a woman …and a man!
The 18-year-old South African champ has no womb or ovaries and her testosterone levels are more than three times higher than those of a normal female, according to reports.
The tests, ordered by The International Association of Athletics Federations after Semenya’s 800-meter victory in the World Championships, determined she’s a hermaphrodite – having both male and female organs.
The athletics governing body is also expected to advise her to have surgery to fix the potentially deadly condition, the paper reported. The IAAF would not comment on the results that have yet to be released.
According to a source with knowledge of the IAAF tests, Semenya has internal testes – the male sexual organs that produce testosterone.
Testosterone is a hormone responsible for building muscles and for producing body hair and a deep voice.
Confirmation of the test results is sure to stoke the controversy that erupted after the university student’s sensational track triumph.
She has been embraced in her home country – where she was declared “our girl” – and appeared on a magazine cover after a feminine makeover.
“God made me the way I am and I accept myself. I am who I am and I’m proud of myself,” she told You Magazine, which ran a photo spread.