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    Wow, look at Caster go now! Gender-row runner gets chance to show she's all woman in new photoshoot
    By Mail Foreign Service
    Last updated at 6:02 PM on 08th September 2009

    We are used to seeing her in green and yellow Lycra as she trounces the rest of the pack on the running track.

    But now the world's fastest 800m female runner Caster Semenya - who caused an international storm after athletics officials questioned her gender - has taken the chance to show she is all woman.

    The 18-year-old was transformed from 'power girl to glamour girl' in a new photo-shoot for South African glossy magazine YOU.

    Look at you: Sex-riddle runner Caster Semenya in a new glamorous photo-shoot for South Africa's YOU magazine

    In make-up, feminine clothes, and with her usually tightly-braided hair loose and styled over her shoulders, Caster's transformation is compelling.

    And the photographs bring the gender row, which had just faded from international news, roaring back into the foreground.

    The new-look Caster appears on the cover of the magazine and in a four-page spread inside.

    She is quoted as saying: 'I'd like to dress up more often and wear dresses but I never get the chance. I'd also like to learn to do my own make-up.'
    She also claims: 'I've never bought my own clothes - my mum buys them for me. But now that I know what I can look like, I'd like to dress like this more often.'

    Controversy: Semenya celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's 800m final at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin last month

    'I am who I am and I am proud of myself,' she added.

    Her outfits for the shoot included black leather trousers with a sequined top, a grey knee-length dress worn with a grey cropped jacket, and a black-and-white cocktail dress worn with stilettos.

    The magazine - which hit news stands in South Africa on Monday evening - has divided South Africans. Many phoned into radio stations to praise Caster for her new look - while others argued there was no need to 'improve' her.
    'It's amazing how, in order to accept her, we have to turn her into our stereotypical image of what a woman should be,' Colleen Lowe Morna of the advocacy group Gender Links said in The Times.

    Caster herself has remained defiant in the wake of the row following her astonishing run to win the gold medal at the Berlin World Championships last month.

    'I see it all as a joke, it doesn't upset me. God made me the way I am and I accept myself,' she said.

    Read more: Caster Semenya shows she's all woman in YOU magazine photo-shoot after gender row at Berlin championships | Mail Online

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    That magazine cover photo looks like a dude in drag. Dressing up like a woman is not going to make this all go away. Take the tests and get it over with.
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    looks like a williams sister in that magazine cover

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    Initially I thought it was one of the Williams sisters on the cover.

    Anyhow, she still looks masculine.

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    dude. or will be soon.

    eta: her coach is a former east german coach accused by one of his athletes of giving her so many steroids, it destroyed her body and she had to get a sex change operation and live as a man.

    Athletics: British athletics should be wary of Dr Arbeit

    By Sue Mott
    Published: 12:01AM BST 29 Apr 2003

    Golden days: Denise Lewis following her Olympic success in Sydney

    Why has it all gone so quiet? The response to the news that Denise Lewis is being coached by a man prominent for two decades in the East German drug programme has been strangely muted. You might have expected an outcry that our reigning Olympic heptathlete gold medallist had teamed up with Dr Ekkart Arbeit, described by a German state investigator as a mastermind of "the largest pharmacological programmes in history". But since the news broke last week, nothing.

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    It is not a case of ignorance being bliss. Dr Arbeit's past is fully documented, not least in 1,000 pages of files he submitted to the Stasi, the former East Germany's secret police and in the telling testimony of previous athletes under his care. The former women's European shot-put champion, Heidi Krieger, has spoken out against the man instrumental in the steroid abuse that so ravaged her body she underwent a sex-change operation in 1997.
    In two other countries in the last six years his prospective employment has provoked a furore and a swift volte face from sporting bodies involved. Australian Athletics were poised to appoint him head coach in 1997 until a high-profile media campaign, including opposition from the Prime Minister, and an athletes' rebellion shamed them into changing their mind. Less than a year ago Athletics South Africa were forced to abandon their offer to employ him as head coach after a sustained campaign in the media.
    Yet here, the official view of UK Athletics is one of mild indulgence. "We don't run the athletes," said David Moorcroft, the UKA chief executive. "If Denise and her coach, Frank Dick, are comfortable with their choice, we would support them. As far as we know Dr Arbeit has no court convictions and he should be treated the same as anyone with no convictions. I don't think any association, real or imagined, with drugs is helpful to athletics as a sport but equally you have to be fair to the athletes."
    This does look rather like weak will masquerading as justice. It is true Dr Arbeit has no convictions. Under German law, criminal retribution could only be secured against those coaches who directly fed anabolic steroids to the athletes, some of them teenagers and many without their knowledge or consent. He was, however, exposed by the parliamentary investigator, Prof Werner Franke, in 1995 as one of the men overseeing the project that achieved so much success for East German athletes by pharmaceutical means.
    It was evidence enough for South Africa and Australia to regard him as an ever-tainted figure. The comparison is with Charlie Francis, the former coach to Ben Johnson, who caused the convulsion of controversy earlier in the year when the American athletes, Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery, turned to him for coaching. The association was hastily disbanded when the athletes were accused of sabotaging their sport, threatened with being thrown out of high-profile European meetings and, perhaps most significant of all, Nike were rumoured to be less than pleased.
    There may very well be a subtle difference between Francis and Dr Arbeit. One coach to the highest-profile drugs cheat in the modern world, the other fully implicated in a cynical state programme. But does athletics need either of them at this highly sensitive time?
    In the immediate aftermath of the revelations that Carl Lewis was among those many Americans whose positive drugs tests before the Seoul Olympics were covered up by complicit administrators of US Athletics, the last thing the sport needed was another link to doping.
    The ramifications are not confined to the athlete herself. As a 'high flier' on the world performance programme, funded by UK Athletics, Lewis benefits from the Lottery. The funds for such things as medical care, warm-weather training and coaching are in this case directed to the athlete via Dick. According to Max Jones, the director of the performance programme, there are no qualms about the payment. "If Frank's happy with it, we'll back him," he said.
    But at a time when this source of funding is already feeling a vice-like pinch, it will hardly encourage the sale of Lottery tickets if the public take umbrage at their money potentially finding its way to a former Eastern Bloc drug administrator.
    UK Sport, who hand out the Lottery funding, might have been expected to take a view on this case. Even a noisy view. But the position as expressed by chief executive Richard Callicott is that Lewis, being over the income threshold, is not directly funded by their Lottery grant, and therefore outside the bounds of direct interference.
    By some freakish coincidence his view of the overall situation exactly coincided with that of Richard Caborn, the sports minister, who said: "It may be best for all athletics if Dr Arbeit used this opportunity to reassure the sporting world of his commitment to the World Anti-Doping Agency's code, especially given his involvement with one of the UK's best-known and best-loved champions."
    Funnily enough for those whose memories backtrack three months, this is precisely what was said about Francis's involvement with Jones before the outcry became too loud for them to sustain the connection.
    Lewis herself is in training for a comeback after the birth of her daughter last year and dividing her time between Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Her agents, Miriam Stoppard Lifetime, said that they preferred not to issue a statement on the subject, but would stand by the comments made by UK Athletics.
    Perhaps, from the athlete's perspective at track level, it looks like a little local storm. It is true that Jones's first reaction to the hostile reception she received was a bewildered: "What's all the fuss about?" Once properly advised, she changed her mind. In fairness to Lewis, it could be that when she fully appreciates the background of her new technical coach, she is persuaded to change her mind.
    Dick Pound, chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said: "Didn't we go through this before with Marion Jones? One might think that athletes would have learned something. The image is not great. My philosophy is, if there is anyone at any level of coaching who condones or administers drug taking, we should get him or her out of the sport.
    "We have not been as diligent as we should where coaches are concerned. But the new anti-doping policy we are formulating and which will be in place not later than the Olympic Games in Athens will redress that issue."
    Just common sense should tell you that any athlete getting involved with a coach with a drug-clouded past is endangering their own preparation. Inevitably, questions will be asked and focus compromised. And where is the wisdom in re-hiring these characters for a sport desperate to clean up its image after decades of taint and revelation? Then sponsors become queasy. Television is less fond. Parents of athletically talented youngsters aspire to Arsenal's forward line instead of the Olympian start line. Soon you have sport in terminal decline.
    Athletics deserves better. It needs people who mean to clean up and not those in a perpetual state of mealy-mouthed terror that somebody will come along and sue them. If something is wrong, if a perception is damaging, you would like to think that those entrusted with running sport in this country would have the guts to come out in public and say so.
    If Dr Arbeit was recently considered such a no-go area by South Africa and Australia, it seems odd in the extreme that Britain is so unfussed by this man and his dodgy past.
    The excuse that he "must be a bloody tremendous coach if so many people are willing to take on his past", as propounded by one apologist, is countered by the argument that the Australian athletes put forward six years ago. "Of course he got results. His athletes were on drugs."
    Dr Ekkart Arbeit profile
    Dr Ekkart Arbeit, who is to assist British heptahlete Denise Lewis in her comeback, was East Germany's throwing coach from 1982 to 1988 and also head track and field coach from 1989 to 1990. Although he was a sports scientist, he never personally gave drugs to athletes, but allegedly oversaw such use and helped the East German government develop their doping policy from 1968.
    Arbeit was also exposed as an informer for the East German secret police, the Stasi. In 1995, Professor Werner Franke led a German parliamentary investigation into the use of drugs in sport in the former Iron Curtain country, and unearthed files that showed that Arbeit, operating under the codename Claus Tisch, had filed more than 1,000 pages of spy reports to the Stasi. Franke also said that Arbeit had reported two doctors to the East German authorities for refusing to administer drugs to athletes.
    Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Arbeit left Germany and spent several weeks in the mid 1990s as a fitness adviser with West Hartlepool rugby union club. He was later offered the position of athletics performance director in Australia and then South Africa - but both these offers were withdrawn when full details of his past were revealed.

    the athlete who accused him of doping her (now him) so much she had no choice but to become a man: Andreas Krieger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Gender-row runner Caster Semenya 'is a hermaphrodite with no womb or ovaries'
    By Richard Shears
    Last updated at 5:46 PM on 10th September 2009

    The world of athletics is reeling today after a claim that South African champion runner Caster Semenya is a hermaphrodite with no womb or ovaries.

    A Sydney newspaper claims it has a world exclusive in revealing the very private information about the sex of the 18-year-old runner.

    Quoting a source closely involved with the IAAF, the Sydney Daily Telegraph said Semenya had internal testes - male sexual organs which produce testosterone and which in turn produces muscle bulk, body hair and a deep voice.

    Shock claims: Caster Semenya celebrates her 800m victory in Berlin last month amid an international row over whether she is a man or a woman

    Now, the paper said, the International Association of Athletics Federations is expected to disqualify Semenya from future events and advise an operation because the condition carries grave health risks.

    The IAAF received Semenya's gender test results today. However athletics chiefs said they would not be revealed for up to two weeks - once they had had a chance to speak with Semenya.

    IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said the results would only be made public once other experts had studied them and the 800m World Champion herself had been contacted personally.

    Mr Davies said: 'We have the final results from the specialist tests carried out in Germany.

    'It's a joke': Caster posed for a glamorous photo-shoot in a South African magazine this week

    'These now need to be interpreted by a panel of experts drawn from the IAAF Medical Commission and some outside specialists as well.

    'It is likely that we will be in a position to then discuss the results, in private, with Semenya, and decide on the course of action and any public announcement.

    'Nothing will therefore be announced or confirmed until we are in a position to have the expert evaluation of the results, and discuss them with the athlete.
    'We cannot give an exact timing but probably within the next couple of weeks.'

    However the Sydney Daily Telegraph claimed the results had been leaked by a source.

    Referring to Semenya as a 'she', the paper said she has three times more testosterone than a normal female.

    The gender-test results could see her stripped of the gold medal she won last month in Berlin.

    Quoting a source closely involved with the IAAF, the paper said Semenya had internal testes - male sexual organs which produce testosterone and which in turn produces muscle bulk, body hair and a deep voice.

    Semenya, said the paper, is so far unaware of the tests identifying her as a hermaphrodite.

    South Africa has strongly defended the runner amid claims by doubters that she won her medal unfairly because she was really a man.

    The population has rallied behind 'Our Girl', hitting back at the accusations with further allegations of racism.

    South Africans have been so protective of her that Mr Butana Komphela, an African National Congress MP, has lodged a complaint with the UN High Commission on Human Rights.

    He has accused the IAAF of racism and sexism.

    But today the Sydney Daily Telegraph is quoting an anonymous source as saying that while there is 'certainly' evidence that Semenya is a hermaphrodite, the IAAF now has the whole of the African National Congress - and in fact the whole of South Africa - on their backs.

    The source was quoted as saying: 'There's all sorts of scans you do.
    'This is why it's complicated. In the past you used to do a gynaecological exam, blood test, chromosome test, whatever. That's why (the findings) were challenged, because it's not quite so simple.

    'So what they do now is they do everything, and then they can say look, not only has she got this, she's got that and the other.

    'The problem for us is to avoid it being an issue now which is very personal - of the organs being a hermaphrodite, of not being a "real" woman. It's very dramatic.'

    It will not be until next week that the IAAF is expected to receive full details of the tests on Semenya.

    Last week, when questioned about the controversy by the South African magazine YOU, Semenya said: 'I see it all as a joke. It doesn't upset me.
    'God made me the way I am and I accept myself. I am who I am and I'm proud of myself. I don.t want to talk about the tests. I'm not even thinking about them.'

    Read more: Gender-row runner Caster Semenya 'is a hermaphrodite' | Mail Online

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    The NY Daily News is also reporting this as fact:Caster Semenya, forced to take gender test, is a woman ... and a man

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    South African official lied about Semenya gender tests -

    PRETORIA, South Africa (CNN) -- The president of Athletics South Africa has admitted that he lied about gender tests on runner Caster Semenya before her gold-medal win at the World Athletics Championships last month.

    The national sports body has always denied that it agreed to the tests before the race in Berlin, Germany -- an event that kicked off international controversy over the 18-year-old Semenya's gender.

    But after South Africa's Mail & Guardian newspaper printed e-mails on Friday showing that ASA President Leonard Chuene was aware of the tests, he held a news conference to apologize.

    "I now realize that it was an error of judgment and I would like to apologize unconditionally," Chuene said on Saturday, according to South Africa's SAPA news agency.

    After receiving the results of the tests, the South Africa team doctor requested the 18-year-old Semenya be withdrawn from the 800-meter race she ended up winning, Chuene said.

    But Chuene said he refused to do it because the sport's international governing body did not request withdrawal. He also said withdrawing Semenya might have looked bad.

    "If we did not let her run, we would be confirming that she is not normal," Chuene told the news conference in the capital, Pretoria.

    The e-mails printed by the Mail & Guardian are an exchange between team doctor Harold Adams and ASA General Manager Molatelo Malehopo, with Chuene copied in.

    "After thinking about the current confidential matter I would suggest that we make the following decisions," Adams wrote on August 5, more than a week before the Berlin race.

    "1. We get a (gynecological) opinion and take it to Berlin. 2. We do nothing and I will handle these issues if they come up in Berlin. Please think and get back to me ASAP."

    An e-mail response from Malehopo to Adams, sent the same day, says: "I will suggest that you go ahead with the necessary tests that the IAAF might need."

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    The controversy over Semenya erupted after she crushed her rivals in the 800 meters and secured victory in one minute, 55.45 seconds -- the best women's time in the world this year.

    Semenya's masculine build and dominant performance fueled existing questions about her gender, and the International Association of Athletics Federations -- which oversees the sport worldwide -- ordered tests on her.

    Reports in two newspapers last week said the results of the tests showed Semenya has both male and female characteristics. The IAAF declined to confirm those reports and said a decision in the case would come in late November.

    The IAAF said it sought tests on Semenya's gender before the Berlin championships because questions had been raised after her winning performance at the African junior championships in July.

    South Africans have rallied behind Semenya, angrily dismissing reports about her gender. Semenya's relatives and the South Africa team manager have maintained she is female.

    This week, South Africa's minister for women, children and people with disabilities wrote to the United Nations to complain that Semenya had not been treated in line with international protocols on gender and quality.

    Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya sent a letter to the U.N. Division for the Advancement of Women, urging it to investigate, SAPA reported.

    "The questioning of her gender is based on a stereotypic view of the physical features and abilities attributable to women," she wrote in the letter, according to SAPA. "Such stereotypes demonstrate the extent of patriarchy within the world's sporting community."

    The process of gender verification has undergone big changes since it was first introduced for international competition in the 1960s, the IAAF said.

    The first mechanism involved "rather crude and perhaps humiliating physical examinations," which soon gave way to mouth swabs to collect chromosomes.

    There were too many uncertainties with mouth swabs, so the IAAF abandoned them in 1991 and the International Olympic Committee discontinued them in 2000.

    A proper test has yet to be found, the IAAF said, and the current tests are considered a good interim solution.

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