Semenya too traumatised to write exams

2009-10-15 12:12

Athletics world champion Caster Semenya has been so traumatised by

the gender-testing debacle that she has informed the University of Pretoria that

she is unable to write exams, Beeld has reported.

Her trainer, Michael Seme, told the Afrikaans daily that he

suspected the trauma of the questions about her gender were only influencing her


“Her head is very tired,” said Seme.

“Fortunately, the university understands her situation and made it

clear to her that exams are the last thing she should worry about at the


“It is very important for all of us that Caster deals with the

trauma in her own way, but we are all there for her if she needs us.

“She will write exams when she is ready.”

Semenya is studying Sports Science at the university.

She won the 800m during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin

in August. However, the significant improvement in her time, her masculine

physique and deep voice drew her gender into question.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

ordered gender tests on 18-year-old Semenya, but has refused to comment on

reports that it showed she was a hermaphrodite.

Several organisations have called for the axing of Leonard Chuene –

the head of Athletics SA – for the manner in which the saga was handled.

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