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Caster Semenya, her (his) pregnant wife and masculine women

The first time she made headlines, South African female athlete, Caster Semenya was suspected of being a man after she won the 800 meters race at the Berlin World Athletics in 2009.

Due to her masculine physical attributes, controversy has trailed her since then, with some of her critics questioning her gender.

Public debate over the athlete raged on further when she got married to the love of her life, Violet Raseboya last year.

Her (his) wife, whom reports indicate she loves dearly, is now allegedly pregnant and Semenya is reportedly over the moon.

The controversy surrounding the athlete has started afresh, with locals wondering how the pregnancy came about.

Caster Semenya has filed an appeal against the recent ruling to limit testosterone levels for female athletes.

Earlier last month, the IAAF and Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled the Olympic champion would have to take medication if she wanted to compete against other women at international level.

She has filed an appeal to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland regarding the regulations.

Semenya said: “I am a woman and I am a world-class athlete. The IAAF will not drug me or stop me from being who I am.”

Semenya challenged the IAAF’s proposal to restrict testosterone levels but lost her legal case after appealing to CAS.

In a 2-to-1 decision, the court ruled that restrictions on permitted levels of naturally occurring testosterone were discriminatory but that such discrimination was a “necessary, reasonable and proportionate means” of achieving track and field’s goal of preserving the integrity of female competition.

“Women who possess testes and natural testosterone levels in the male range — gain an unfair advantage in women’s events ranging from 400 meters to one mile because they have additional muscle mass, strength and oxygen-carrying capacity.”

Semenya carried South Africa’s flag in the 2012 Olympics, and won a silver medal in the 800 meters. Three years later, the Russian athlete who had taken the gold that year was disqualified for doping, and Semenya’s medal was upgraded.

In 2016, she won her second Olympic gold in the 800 meters in Rio de Janeiro, amid continued questions about her testosterone levels.