Caster Semenya, the South African runner who won the women’s 800-metre at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, is a hermaphrodite— a person with both female and male sexual characteristics.
Sydney’s Daily Telegraph claims it has a world exclusive in revealing the very private information about the gender of the 18-year-old sprinter.
Semanya has no womb or ovaries and her testosterone levels are more than three times higher than those of a normal female, according to the report.
The International Association of Athletics Federations is expected to disqualify Semenya from future events and advise her to have immediate surgery because her condition carries grave health risks, the newspaper said.
According to a source with knowledge of the IAAF tests, the teenage sensation has internal testes—the male sexual organs that produce testosterone.
The sport’s governing body has not decided whether or not it will strip Semenya of the gold medal she won in Germany last month.