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Gender Inquiry of Semenya Raises Issues for Track and Field


Though South African track star Caster Semenya will keep her world championship games gold medal, many questions about gender testing still remain. In one of the most prominent cases of athlete gender verification yet, Semenya, 18, will keep her gold medal, prize money, and title as the fastest woman 800-meter runner, yet it's unclear whether she will be able to continue to compete as a woman.

Per an agreement between South Africa's sports ministry and track and field's world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, have not been made public. Sex determination tests, once common in Olympic sports, have become significantly less common since 1999. While quarrels over an athlete's sex are uncommon, the IAAF must now grapple with the sensitive and potentially volatile issue of gender testing.

Read the New York Times report here.

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