After watching the qualifying post race Caster Semenya interview below many people around the word are wondering why a simple gynecological evaluation can't sort this issue out.
As you probably know by now the South African runner easily won the women's world 800 meters title at the Berlin Track and Field World Championships in 1 minute, 55.45 seconds (the fastest time this year).
To be blunt the thinking goes that all Semenya needs to do is to "pull down her pants" to once and for all put the rumors to rest that she is not a he.
About 20-years-ago testers would conduct a mouth swab to see what chromosomes an athlete really had to determine the correct gender.
But this simple test is no longer performed because the issue of gender identity is much more complicated and really goes to the heart of how gender is defined.
For instance you might want to check out this interesting story that explains how a person can be considered "intersex".
Semenya parents, South Africans specifically, and Africans in general have rallied behind Semenya questioning if this controversy is indeed a racist issue based on a misunderstanding by the white community of African gender types.
Others are wondering why this issue was even brought up in such a public way by the IAAF and not settled behind closed doors as this recent comment demonstrates:
"I feel bad for her because she probably has been mocked all her life. At least she can be finally do something that she can be proud of. Besides, why are they questioning her gender now after she won. If there was a problem, they should have checked her out discreetly before the race instead of embarrassing her after she won."
At any rate the damage has already been done to Semenya and according to the IAAF is will take weeks before tricky test are conducted to sort out the truth of the matter.
AAF spokesman Nick Davies recently said the "extremely complex, difficult" test has been conducted, but that the results are not expected for weeks.
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