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Semenya must wait in gender test row

Semenya has been feted in her native South Africa during the controversy.
Semenya has been feted in her native South Africa during the controversy.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • IAAF delay results of gender tests on South African athlete Caster Semenya
  • World governing body says medical tests are still to be completed
  • Semenya won 800m gold at the world championships in Berlin

(CNN) -- South African athlete Caster Semenya must endure a further wait before she learns her fate in the gender test row which has overshadowed her victory in the 800m at the world championships earlier this year.

The 18-year-old Semenya became a cause celebre after the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) revealed she was being subjected to tests to determine if she is eligible to compete as a woman.

The IAAF had been expected to announce its findings at the end of the week, but on Wednesday issued a statement saying it had been delayed "until further notice."

"The IAAF, the South African Ministry of Sport and Recreation and Caster Semenya's representatives have been and still are in discussions with a view to resolving the issues surrounding Caster Semenya's participation in athletics," read the statement.

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."

Semenya set a world-leading best of one minute 55.45 seconds with her runaway victory in Berlin, but before the final, the IAAF broke the news it had ordered gender tests be conducted on her because of her muscular build and sudden improvement in 2009.

Politicians in South Africa have leapt to her defense, but the affair has claimed the scalp of the president of the South African athletics federation, Leonard Chuene.

In September, Chuene admitted he had lied when he denied that Semenya had been subjected to gender tests in South Africa even before she left for the world championships.