Sports ministry promises ‘world war’ over Semenya saga

2009-09-11 15:14

SOUTH Africa’s national ministry of sports has sought the assistance of legal minds to see how best athletics star Caster Semenya’s rights can be protected.

This follows the latest reports circulating around the world claiming that Semenya’s sex-test results have been concluded by athletics’ mother body the IAAF, and prove that the 800m world champion is a hermaphrodite.

In biological context, a hermaphrodite is a being that has both male and female reproductive organs.

The recent stories, emanating from Australia, claimed that medical reports revealed that Semenya had no ovaries but rather had internal testes producing amounts of testosterone considered abnormal for a woman.

Speaking at a press conference in Tshwane, Sports Minister Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile warned there would be “world war three” if Semenya was expelled by the IAAF.

“I think it would be the third world war. We will go to the highest levels in contesting such a decision. I think it would be totally unfair and totally unjust,” said Stofile today.

He added that his department was consulting with its lawyers regarding the human rights violation against Semenya. “The ministry feels let down by the way this matter is being handled by those with devious vested interests, especially after being promised a meeting with the IAAF leadership.

“No one doubts her gender any more. Now the issue is of the percentages of her gender; this is unethical and disgusting.”

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