Thursday, November 19, 2009

Caster Semenya Can Keep Gold Medal

South Africa’s sports ministry said in a statement today that Caster Semenya, 18, the world champion 800-meter runner, who is believed to be intersex, had reached an agreement with track and field’s world governing body to keep the gold medal and prize money she won at the world championships last August, reports The New York Times.

Most notably, however, the sports ministry did not say whether Caster would be allowed to continue to compete as a woman. The statement also did not disclose the results of sex-verification tests she has undergone.

Asked whether Caster had been cleared to compete as a woman without further testing or surgery, her coach Michael Seme said: “I don’t want to talk about that. The only thing I want to say is that I’m happy Caster will retain her title as the fastest 800-meter runner in the world. The most important thing when you are an athlete is to get your medal.”

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