‘I am a woman’ – Caster Semenya

By Pam Magwaza
26 July 2017

Caster, who rarely speaks about the subject, said it’s always made her uneasy when people question her gender.

South African middle-distance runner and 2016 Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya (26) recently opened up about the painful and humiliating time when she was subjected to gender testing.

Caster spoke about the issue in a recent SuperSport interview with Dr Ali Bacher.

The athlete said she was baffled when it emerged people thought she had undergone a sex change and that she was actually male.

“How the h*** can you change gender in the rural areas? I’m a woman. We don’t have good doctors, we’re not rich to do such procedures,” Caster said.

The gender verification test happened in 2009 after she won the women’s 800 m at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany, beating her rivals by an amazing four seconds. She was only 18 at the time and it was felt that she may have had an unfair advantage due to a medical condition relating to her gender.

Caster, who rarely speaks about the subject, said it’s always made her uneasy when people question her gender and at the time of the gender tests she was confused as to why it was happening.

“I don’t understand when you say I have an advantage because I am a woman. When I pee, I pee like a woman. I don’t understand when you say I’m a man or I have a deep voice,” she said.

-DRUM

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