Belfast Telegraph

Semenya subject to testosterone level investigation

New 800metres world champion Caster Semenya arrived back in South Africa to fresh controversy over levels of testosterone in her body three times higher than normal for women.

Semenya, who is facing tests on her gender by international athletics body the IAAF, provided samples before the World Championships in Berlin which showed the high levels.

The new development did not dent the enthusiasm with which the 18-yaer-old was welcomed by thousands of supporters at Johannesburg airport yesterday.

Leonard Chuene, president of Athletics South Africa, called for the matter over her gender to be laid to rest.

He said: “We have not once, as ASA, doubted her. It's very simple: She's a girl.

“We took this child to Poland to the junior championship under the IAAF. Why was there no story about it? No-one said anything there because she did not do anything special.

“She went to Mauritius and ran well, suddenly everyone noticed her. You say we didn't do much to protect her. What did you want us to do?

“As ASA we didn't have any of this information (on her gender) that people wanted us to protest about. When you go to dope testing, you go with a woman and she can see you are a woman.”

It is understood the IAAF have been monitoring Semenya for some time following incredible improvements in her performances in the last 12 months culminating in her gold medal victory in Berlin.

The IAAF had asked the South Africans to withdraw her before the race, but news of the gender test leaked out because a fax was sent to the wrong person.

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