Caster Semenya won the 800-meter race at the world championships last week, but the controversy surrounding her continues. A source close to the investigation of Semenya said the runner underwent tests before the start of the World Championship that revealed she had three times the normal female’s level of testosterone in her body. This could be natural, but the Telegraph reported that the head coach of the South African team was once accused of giving a female athlete so many anabolic steroids she was forced to have a sex-change operation and now lives as a man. The coach insists he hasn’t been involved with performance-enhancing drugs since 1989.Meanwhile, South Africans are aghast at the whole situation. The country’s parliament is preparing to file a complaint with the United Nations Commissioner of Human Rights over Semenya’s treatment. They argue the issue should have remained a private affair, since all of this publicity has caused her much embarrassment.
The results of Semenya’s genetic tests have yet to be released, but the runner got a hero’s welcome at the Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, where more than 1,000 people greeted her when her flight landed. [Telegraph, IOL, BBC]