Caster Semenya Test Results Reveal High Testosterone Level
Early test results on South African sprinter Caster Semenya have reportedly found testosterone levels three times higher than the normal woman.
The Caster Semenya test results aren't necessarily conclusive of druge use as testosterone levels can vary widely.
However, many are now concerned about Caster Semenya's association with Dr Ekkart Arbeit, a doctor with a reputation for giving steroids to athletes. In fact, Heidi Krieger, a former East German athlete, once accused Ekkart Arbeit of giving her so many steroids that she was forced to undergo a sex-change operation and live as a man. Heidi Krieger now lives as Andreas Krieger.
Back in South Africa, news of Caster Semenya's test results and testosterone levels have not hurt her popularity. The 18-year-old is already considered a national hero.
UPDATE (August 28):
According to Mail & Guardian, Caster Semenya has been tested in South Africa. Though she has higher than usual level of testosterone but still well within the range for her to compete in women's races.
Two sources within ASA told the Mail & Guardian this week that the body had “made sure” she was eligible to compete, not by a process of gender verification but by a standard urine test taken by all competing athletes. “She was tested three years ago when she started competing and it was found that she is a woman. She may have rather high levels of male hormones, but she is definitely a woman,” a source in ASA said.