Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

article imageMedal Winner’s Family Rejects Claims Caster Semenya Is A Man

By Christopher Szabo     Aug 20, 2009 in Sports
Gold medal winning South African athlete Caster Semenya is getting support from her family, who have rallied round the harassed athlete, an 18-year-old woman who, it is alleged, is actually a man.
South African media said Semenya’s paternal grandmother, Maputhi Sekgala told The Times newspaper:
(The controversy) doesn't bother me that much because I know she's a woman — I raised her myself.
After winning the gold medal at the 800-meter event in the World Athletics Championship in Berlin, Semenya found herself facing claims she won because she was a man. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was looking into the claims. Sekgala, who lives in the rural settlement of Moletjie in the country’s northern Limpopo province, said:
What can I do when they call her a man, when she's not really a man? It is God who made her look that way.
Sekgala added that Semenya had been teased at school for her looks and because she was the only girl on the school’s soccer team. The athlete’s father, Jacob Semenya, pleaded with all concerned, saying:
I wish they would leave my daughter alone.
The 18-year-old athlete’s father added:
She is my little girl. I raised her and I have never doubted her gender. She is a woman and I can repeat that a million times.
More about Athlete, Medal winning, South african
More news from
Sports Video
Latest News
Top News