Thursday, August 20, 2009

Semenya family: 'She's a girl'

Mail & Guardian Online:The family of sprinter Caster Semenya says she is definitely a woman, despite questions raised about her gender, newspapers reported on Thursday.

'[The controversy] doesn't bother me that much because I know she's a woman -- I raised her myself,' Semenya's paternal grandmother Maputhi Sekgala told The Times.

Semenya won the 800m at the World Athletics Championship in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday. She immediately found herself embroiled in controversy, when media outlets around the world scrutinised her masculine facial features and questioned her gender."