Olympic champion Semenya says she offered to show track officials her body to prove her gender: I am a female


Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya said she offered to show her body to athletics officials when she was just 18 years old to prove she was a female.

South Africa's Semenya offered to show her body to officials to prove she was female (Reuters Photo)

South Africa’s Semenya offered to show her body to officials to prove she was female (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Semenya said she offered to show track officials her body to prove her gender
  • Semenya accused track and field’s world governing body of making her take medication
  • Semenya won the 800-meter title as an 18-year-old newcomer in 2009

Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya said that she offered to show her body to athletics officials to prove that she was a female when she was just 18 years old.

In the interview, Semenya reflected on the 2009 world championships in Berlin, where she won the 800-meter title in dominant fashion as an 18-year-old newcomer at her first major international meet. But her performance and muscular physique led the sport’s governing body to insist the teenager undergo sex tests, causing a firestorm of controversy.

“They thought I had a dick, probably, Semenya said in the HBO Real Sports interview that will air at 10:00 p.m. ET (0200 GMT). “I told them: “It’s fine. I’m a female, I don’t care. If you want to see I’m a woman, I will show you my vagina. All right?”

Semenya also accused track and field’s world governing body of making her take medication if she wanted to compete that “tortured” her and left her fearing she was going to have a heart attack.

“It made me sick, made me gain weight, panic attacks, I don’t know if I was ever going to have a heart attack,” Semenya told HBO Real Sports. “It’s like stabbing yourself with a knife every day. But I had no choice.

“I’m 18, I want to run, I want to make it to the Olympics, that’s the only option for me.”

World Athletics lawyer Jonathan Taylor, speaking during the HBO Real Sports interview, disagreed with medical panels, including the World Medical Association, that condemned the sport’s governing body for requiring women with differences in sex development (DSDs) to take drugs to compete.

“You say medically it’s not healthy for me, then my question back to you is: ‘Why do the world’s leading experts say that that is what we would prescribe?'” said Taylor.

Semenya fired back: “Jonathan must cut his tongue and throw it away. If he wants to understand how that thing has tortured me, he must go and take those medications. He will understand.”



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