Semenya to keep gold medal - SA ministry

By: CNN
By: CNN

(CNN) -- The widely anticipated results of gender tests conducted on South African runner Caster Semenya will not be made public, the country's sports ministry announced Thursday.

Regardless of the outcome of the results, Semenya will be allowed to keep the gold medal she won in the women's 800-meters at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany, in August, the sports ministry added.

The world governing body for athletics, the IAAF, have refused to comment on the announcement, only reiterating a statement published on their official Web site on Wednesday that the release of their gender-test findings would be delayed until "further notice."

The IAAF had been expected to announce its findings on February 20, but confirmed it had been in discussions with the South African Ministry of Sport and Recreation with a view to "resolving the issues surrounding Caster Semenya's participation in athletics."

The IAAF went on to say that the medical tests on Semenya had still to be completed.

"There will be no discussion of Caster Semenya's case at the forthcoming IAAF Council Meeting to be held in Monaco on 20-21 November 2009. No further comment will be made on this subject until further notice."

The IAAF ordered gender tests to be conducted on the 18-year-old before she ran the final of the 800 meters of the Berlin event, where she went onto win gold, because of her rapid improvement in times and muscular physique.


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