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Caster 'had medical help'

2010-07-07 22:38

Wilhelm de Swardt

Pretoria – Caster Semenya has been undergoing medical treatment for the past few months and that is why she is now being allowed to compete as a female athlete.

Marius van der Watt, a South African coach, said on Wednesday that a high-ranking Athletics South Africa (ASA) official had informed him of this.

Richard Stander, administrative head of ASA, did not want to confirm or deny the medical treatment. He said that it has “nothing to do with you”. “Leave the poor girl alone.”

Local athletics coaches said on Wednesday that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had erred by not revealing the treatment.

They say that they now hear that Caster may participate, but no explanation is forthcoming about what has changed over the last 11 months and brought about the IAAF’s change of heart.

The Daily Telegraph in Britain reports that the fact that Semenya may now participate as a woman, points to the treatment being successful.

It is suspected that as long as Semenya participates in athletics, her condition will be monitored by experts to ensure she does not have an unfair advantage.

Athletes said on Wednesday they were curious what Semenya’s times would be now that she has had hormonal treatment.

Local coaches are divided about Semenya’s re-entry into athletics.

Coach Jean Verster said he accepted that athletes were relieved to finally know what the situation is with Semenya.

“The past 11 months were confusing for all of us as nobody had an idea of what was going on. This gave rise to all sorts of rumours,” he said.

“Now that the IAAF has finally announced that they are happy she is a woman, we know where we stand.

“My only question is why Caster did not receive the treatment prior to the meeting in Berlin. It would definitely have saved her and the entire South Africa huge embarrassment.”

Van der Watt is excited about Semenya’s return.

“She can definitely help my athlete, Anuschka Nice, to run better times. But then I can’t help but wonder whether the hormonal treatment will impact on Caster’s performances.”

Jenny Meadows, a bronze medal winner in the 800m at the world meeting in Berlin where Semenya won, told the Daily Telegraph that she was not surprised by the IAAF’s decision.

“I always knew Caster would participate again,” she said.

“The IAAF makes the rules and we have to accept she is a woman. I only hope that the IAAF genuinely has her interests at heart, as well as those of the woman athletes that have to compete against her.

“I’m just as curious as everyone else to see what will happen when Caster participates for the first time.”

Sport24

Comments
  • Nature - 2010-07-07 23:16

    Does Britain ever stops?always in everyone's cases forgeting its own.

  • Slimey - 2010-07-08 00:28

    Sad to see this had to happen... Wonder how many WOMAN will want to race against her/him?? Lets hear her/his voice... is it still so DEEP?

  • Henk - 2010-07-08 00:39

    Ha ha ha !!! Gee vir Bakkies hormoon behandeling dan kan hy vir die Blou Koeie speel !

  • Chris - 2010-07-08 01:43

    Good for her. I hope she will just be as competitive but i have my doubts. If she is, please leave her so she can now concentrate on whats left of her career.

  • ricky - 2010-07-08 04:37

    a man is a man, and a woman is a woman. And then you get the mixes, which makes it exciting. I cant wait for the fisrt local and overseas races in which Semenja will participate. It will be exhilirating! Run, Semwenja, Run

  • Mr D - 2010-07-08 04:40

    Good for her

  • Howthehellcanyoubelievethem - 2010-07-08 05:15

    What a lot of balls ! WHO will ever believe ASA.

  • jawellnofine - 2010-07-08 05:46

    And she will under go it for the rest of his running carreer.

  • Steve - 2010-07-08 05:59

    This "thing" is a fraud and must be banned for life

  • lmga - 2010-07-08 06:43

    What a load of BS!!!

  • AJG - 2010-07-08 07:03

    if asa new about her condition before the world championships why did they let her compete. it is a bitter disgrace that they did this to her ? it just shows you this anc government and their hang on's have no respect for the people in this country. they do all things under handed the same as wasting billions of rands with under handed deals. at the end they get caught out and embarress this country and the people. these so called fat cats have no dignity

  • Nick - 2010-07-08 07:11

    Unfortunately if she wins, she will be scutinized, if no problems are found, the other female athaletes will boycott any races she runs in. In the end she will be running agaist herself, this is what ASA has done for her.

  • eve - 2010-07-08 07:23

    im so thrilled about the results, let the baby girl do it.Congrats my girl

  • Salt in my Crack - 2010-07-08 07:34

    He is a woman!

  • greg - 2010-07-08 07:38

    It has always been a testosterone level issue. Now that shes received hormonal treatment, her times will dip and be like other "normal" women levels. She will battle to dominate now. Which is how it is for women with normal levels. Lets see now what shes made of mentally.

  • Jay - 2010-07-08 07:42

    From the 'experts' in the beginning it was, "Caster is a woman, and the tests will prove it", to now, "My only question is why Caster did not receive the treatment prior to the meeting in Berlin. It would definitely have saved her and the entire South Africa huge embarrassment", I'm sorry, but doesn't that question imply that Caster was more male than female...somebody please help me understand!?!

  • My niece Bruce - 2010-07-08 07:43

    It is like the heart foundation. Pay and I will endorse what you want to hear..

  • Blue Peter - 2010-07-08 07:44

    Is Caster now a woman, because the IAAF says so, or the SA media says so. It is a Hermaphrodite and should not compete.

  • hansi - 2010-07-08 07:48

    As I said yesterday, still a disgrace. Cheat.

  • Steve - 2010-07-08 07:56

    FRAUD, FRAUD, FRAUD. Caster should be chased away like a dog.

  • William - 2010-07-08 07:59

    Yes, we all knew that. It is still an unfair advantage over normal woman as Castor's development through childhood and puberty has been similar to a male child. So even after the snip snip Castor has a body that developed under the influence of testosterone. Hardly a fair competion against the estrogen runners now isn't it?

  • Thomas - 2010-07-08 08:07

    Is this story really necessary? Can’t you just leave her alone or are you now playing the same game as the Australians of trying to humiliate the girl.

  • Mondli - 2010-07-08 08:11

    If she got a treatment so what, the point is that she is a "she". So she has to go on with competing with the sheeees. Viva Caster Viva

  • mats - 2010-07-08 08:11

    Just leave the poor girl alone.This matter is now closed, please.

  • Mark - 2010-07-08 08:14

    Any medical treatment that Caster had or has is confidential and has nothing to do with anybody or any organisation.

  • Not fooled - 2010-07-08 08:17

    KNEW IT !!!! How about telling us about the operations as well? It was a he when it won that gold. Before it was too much of a man now he is too much of a lady after being hormone treated. Wonder what the other athletes are going to do when they have to run against this artificial woman? CASTER SEMENYA = YES A SECRET MAN. No secret any more, the world know it is a he without hormone treatment!

  • Bloody Agent - 2010-07-08 08:21

    More like.....CAST-RATED SEMENYA!!

  • pete - 2010-07-08 08:40

    Will he/she now still have SEMEN in her name?

  • S-F - 2010-07-08 08:46

    People People just please leave the poor MAN alone , he has been through hell....oops

  • Nigel - 2010-07-08 08:48

    It's all a load of bollocks I reckon.

  • Dylan - 2010-07-08 08:52

    how can you people be so disgusting? calling her a 'Thing' , 'Dog' and 'it', you should be embarrassed! Hopefully their first borns are still, wouldn't want another blemish on the human race. Do slap your parents for all of us. Maybe they'll get it right next time and put you down like the dogs you are. Go Semenya. Go away the media. Go report on something that actually makes a difference to our lives.

  • crack - 2010-07-08 08:52

    SEMEN...YA! There you have it in a nutshell if you will excuse the pun!

  • morena - 2010-07-08 08:52

    why doesn't Caster just leav athletics and concentrate on her studies, just ready the nonsense from "not fooled) fool. just go to school get you degree and be a coach or something other being a competing athlete. and why then doesn't the IAAF to gender test on all female that participate in the games

  • T-Man - 2010-07-08 08:58

    I guess that's what UNIQUE means - DIFFERENT.

  • Galigher - 2010-07-08 08:59

    I am relieved for her. I hope that she can move past this. And I have to say all you people that mock her and dislike her because she was born different.... you suck!

  • Proudly Mzansi - 2010-07-08 09:01

    Its so sad that our very own South African brothers and sisters keep on calling one of their own an IT.She's a lady and she will compete with other ladies and it ends there.Its not any of our bussines what treatment she had.Our role as a nation is to support her and hope she will make us proud South Africans again.

  • John the Saint - 2010-07-08 09:02

    I really feel sorry for her, she can not help for being a Hermaphrodite. If ASA helped her right in the first place and if the ANCYL didn't made this into a politcal debacle it would've been done and over with a long time ago. I still think steps must be taken against ASA and the ANCYL for screwing up.

  • Neutral - 2010-07-08 09:02

    This whole situation is a total mess - First of all Caster was born the way she was born, that was in God's hands. Who are we to criticize and belittle her for something she had no control over? She did not choose to be born like that so everybody who has something nasty to say, look at yourself in the mirror and the flaws God dealt you. How do you feel if someone make mention of your big nose or ears or any other out of the “norm” feature? That is one side of the coin and on the other side Caster's competitive will always wonder about the advantage she might have as a result of her genetic make and I feel that there will always be these controversial questions asked if she does win. Is it fair to expose her to this for the rest of her athletic career?

  • Leon - 2010-07-08 09:06

    Dis nou 'n bul van 'n girl

  • Dee - 2010-07-08 09:06

    leave the poor woman alone!! Gees like, who cares, just let her be. How would anyone like it if their medical state of affairs was splashed all over every media article?

  • Bobby - 2010-07-08 09:11

    Your dedication to your chosen sport, Semenya and the obstacles you have had to overcome to follow your dream is worthy of our support and admiration. I am sure I am not alone in wishing you all the very best.May you be swift of foot and brave of heart in all your endeavours.

  • Gava - 2010-07-08 09:16

    heheheheh i love the people on these forums - whatever any of you say (read light skinned folk) caster wil compete and willl win races and yes she will win some diamonds, gold and cash - thats why most of you are upset - she is about to be a multimillionaire and you just cant stand a humble girl from the woods making more dosh than you - well you gonna have to live with it and she is gonna keep winning. I never saw as many comments when Spies suddenly recovered from his life threatening bloodclots - where is the fairness in it all

  • Margs - 2010-07-08 09:18

    Caster is not a 'thing'. She is a PERSON. How cruel people can be! I can't believe the poison that some people write. Personally, I will be a proud South African to watch Caster participating again. I'm glad a decision has been made. I'm glad there are people who want to HELP her, rather than destroy her. She's only 19 years old. She has her whole life ahead of her. Let her live it as SHE wants to live it. How can people just throw others on the rubbish heap? It defies explanation. I pray God will strengthen her in future days.

  • Wally - 2010-07-08 09:25

    My dear Athletics South Africa - I am a REAL MAN with a REAL PENIS hanging in its right place (sometimes looking straight ahead) and wants to become a REAL WOMAN. Can you please help me? Will I then be able to race against women? Thank you in advance for you kind respnse!!

  • Neutral - 2010-07-08 09:28

    This whole situation is a total mess - First of all Caster was born the way she was born, that was in God's hands. Who are we to criticize and belittle her for something she had no control over? She did not choose to be born like that so everybody who has something nasty to say, look at yourself in the mirror and the flaws God dealt you. How do you feel if someone make mention of your big nose or ears or any other out of the “norm” feature? That is one side of the coin and on the other side Caster's competitive will always wonder about the advantage she might have as a result of her genetic make and I feel that there will always be these controversial questions asked if she does win. Is it fair to expose her to this for the rest of her athletic career?

  • sweetie - 2010-07-08 09:29

    Some of you here are ingorant cruel @$$holes. Semenya was born a hermaphrodite, i.e. intersexed, having both male and female reporducitve organs, unfortunately she (cos she was raised this way) never knew this until the Iaaf test results and had to find out in the most cruel way possible, via the media. How painful for an 18 yr old. Im sure she has had some hormone therapy or even had the "male" organs removed. But pls have some sympathy for her, imagine the hurt and shock she and her family got when finding out she was intersexed? How would you feel, it was not just a personal issue, but also about competing. I am happy she can she has been cleared now, i hope she finds her form.

  • Just me - 2010-07-08 09:31

    Caster, you go girl. If you're better than anyone else, you deserve to win. Some of the people above's brains are so low on the evolution ladder it's scary!!!

  • Cafwen - 2010-07-08 09:35

    @Ricky "a man is a man, and a woman is a woman. And then you get the mixes, which makes it exciting." Thank you, you made my day with that comment =D I am very happy for her. Obviously running is what she has wanted to do her whole life and I'm thrilled she can again compete. U GO GIRL.

  • PMS - 2010-07-08 09:42

    Gava, what on earth are you smoking? Put down that joint, Paris Hilton nearly ended up in jail for smoking that crap. You will not share in her diamonds my dear. So stop ass creeping. And what the hell has bloodclots have to do with gender??? Moron. And can ASA tell us, if he is not a man, why is he receiving hormonal treatment for a she???? Or do we take a Grandpa JUST IN CASE we develop a headache...

  • thambomz@gmail.com - 2010-07-08 09:43

    Good for you Caster, make SA proud! Well, since the technology seems to exist; why can't they also give it to homosexuals so they can behave their gender? That would be great.