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Two-time Olympic 800-meter champion Caster Semenya offered to show her vagina to athletics officials when she was 18 to prove she was a woman, the South African middle-distance runner has claimed in a interview with HBO’s Real Sports which will air on Tuesday.
Semenya, now 31, burst onto the scene in 2009 when she won the women’s 800m world title by a stunning margin hours after the sport’s world governing body said she would undergo gender verification tests.
“They thought I had a dick, probably,” Semenya said in the HBO Real Sports interview. “I told them, ‘It’s okay. I’m a woman, I don’t care. If you want to see that I’m a woman, I’ll show you my vagina. Very well?'”
Gender tests on Semenya reportedly showed the runner had no uterus or ovaries, but had internal testicles, the male sex organs that produce testosterone, and her hormone levels were three times higher than those of a “normal” woman.
Semenya has a condition known as hyperandrogenism, which is characterized by higher than usual levels of testosterone, a hormone that increases muscle mass and strength and the body’s ability to use oxygen.
She took medication after the first ruling in 2011 by World Athletics – then the International Association of Athletics Federations – that all female athletes with hyperandrogenism should medically lower their testosterone levels.
“It made me sick, made me gain weight, had panic attacks, I don’t know if I was 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 go to the Olympics, it’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, which condemned the governing body of the sport for requiring women with differences in sex development (DSD) to take medication to compete.
“You’re saying medically it’s not healthy for me, so my question is, ‘Why are the world’s leading experts saying this is what we would prescribe?'” Taylor said.
Semenya fired back, “Jonathan has to cut out his tongue and throw it away. If he wants to understand how that thing tortured me, he has to go take those drugs. He’ll understand.”
In 2020, Semenya lost her appeal to the Swiss Federal Court to overturn a 2019 Court of Arbitration ruling that female athletes with high levels of natural testosterone must take medication to reduce them.
She had approached the court after CAS, the sport’s highest court, ruled that World Athletics regulations were needed for athletes with DSDs in races ranging from 400 meters to one mile to ensure fair competition.



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