Caster feels un­com­fort­able with fame af­ter gen­der tests con­tro­versy

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LON­DON: South African run­ner Caster Se­menya says she isn’t comfortable with the fame she has ac­quired since her world cham­pi­onship ti­tle was over­shad­owed by gen­der test rev­e­la­tions.

Se­menya won the women ’s 800 me­tres at the world cham­pi­onships in Berlin on Au­gust 19.

“Peo­ple want to stare at me now. They want to touch me,” Se­menya said.

“I’m sup­posed to be fa­mous but I don’t think I like it so much.”

The In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions is cur­rently re­view­ing gen­der test re­sults to de­ter mine whether Se­menya is el­i­gi­ble to com­pete as a woman.

The IAAF has re­fused to con­firm or deny Aus­tralian me­dia re­ports that the tests in­di­cate Se­menya has both male and fe­male sex or­gans.

A de­ci­sion is ex­pected to be an­nounced next Fri­day.

The 18-year-old Se­menya won the 800 world ti­tle in a sea­son’s best 1 minute, 55.45 sec­onds. Be­fore the fi­nal, the IAAF said it had or­dered gen­der tests be con­ducted on Se­menya be­cause of her mus­cu­lar build and rapid im­prove­ment in times.

Be­sides the in­ter na­tional in­trigue cre­ated by the gen­der test, the case has also en­tan­gled the pres­i­dent of the South African ath­let­ics fed­er­a­tion, Leonard Chuene.

In Septem­ber, Chuene ad­mit­ted he lied about his knowl­edge of gen­der tests per­for med on Se­menya in South Africa be­fore the worlds. He has since been sus­pended.

Se­menya, how­ever, ap­pears to be hap­pi­est when she is train­ing with oth­ers at home in South Africa.

“Every­one just ac­cepts me,” Se­menya said in the in­ter­view, which will be pub­lished in full to­day.

“They know who I am. I am just Caster to th­ese guys. I feel good with them.” – AP

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