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Boy or Girl? IAAF keeps Semenya in suspense

World athletics ruling body, IAAF is slow in taking a stand on Caster Semenya’s gender row. And after waiting for six months, the South African runner is ready to stage a come back to the tracks.

She instructed her lawyers to start legal proceedings that would allow her run again.
Semenya, has not run since she won the world title in August because she is waiting for the results of her gender verification tests. She was denied a chance to run last Tuesday at a meet in her native land and on Thursday, her law firm said it will begin legal action “soon.”

Although Semenya has never been suspended, she has not run competitively since the world championships nearly eight months ago. She said in a statement that she intended to return to competition, in part because the International Association of Athletics Federations had not responded to her questions about the status of her gender test results.

However, Athletics South Africa’s boss Ray Mali said that Semenya should be talking to the “right people”, if she wants to run again.

Mali said he was surprised to hear that Semenya’s lawyers were planning legal action.
“It’s their prerogative to do that, but I am surprised that they are moving towards legal action,” Mali said. “If it comes, I will have to face it.”

Mali also said when he was in contact with the IAAF, it asked for Semenya to be patient and wait for her results to be released in June.

“The main request was to be patient,” Mali said. “I will be the first one to knock on their door and get them to keep to their word for June.”.

Semenya won the women’s 800 at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Her dramatic improvement in times and muscular build led the IAAF to order gender tests. The IAAF has refused to confirm or deny Australian media reports that the tests indicate Semenya has both male and female sex organs.


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