The embattled South African sprinter caught in a firestorm about whether she is a man or woman will soon learn her fate. Gender tests are expected to show the true biological sex of 18-year old Caster Semenya in about two weeks. The Associated Press reports that IAAF spokesman Nick Davies told them on Tuesday that it would take about two weeks for a group of medics and anti-doping experts at track and field’s international governing body to analyze the results but it is unlikely that she will be stripped of her medal.
Davies says, “Only then with conclusive evidence would we be in a position to make an educated decision.”
Semenya left spectators in an uproar after suddenly breaking her own personal record in July and becoming the new African junior champion. Speculation was capped off when she dusted her competition in Berlin’s IAAF World Champions by a startling 2.45 seconds to win the women’s 800 meter finals.
Despite the ongoing tests, Caster remains positive. She recently told South Africa’s You magazine that she thinks the test are silly and a joke.
“I see it all as a joke, it doesn’t upset me. God made me the way I am and I accept myself. I am who I am and I’m proud of myself.”
She appears on the cover of the magazine and in a four page feature. The runner looks drastically different wearing a dress and makeup. In one picture she has on liquid leggings and stilettos. Caster made sure to add that the makeover is not to prove a point saying, “I didn’t do this to prove a point but rather to have fun. I don’t give a damn what people say about me …”
Good for her. She looks much better.