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SA heads to UN over Semenya

LOS ANGELES, September 17 – The South African government has lodged a complaint with the United Nations on behalf of world champion runner Caster Semenya.CASTER_SEMENYA_The complaint deals with the treatment of South African track star Semenya who has been ordered to undergo gender tests after winning the women’s 800 metre final at the recent World Championships.

South Africa’s Minister for Women, Children and People With Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya filed the action.

The gender testing was ordered by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The furore has enraged South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, which called testing the 18-year-old "sexist and racist".

The IAAF has said Semenya, 18, is unlikely to be stripped of her world title earned last month in Berlin, but confirmed four athletes in earlier cases were "asked to stop their career".

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