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A test that would be good to pass.

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • August 19, 2009 - 1:47 PM

It turns out the world track and field federation and Tone Loc (via the song "Funky Cold Medina") might have the same problem. Of course.

If you'll recall, Tone's magic love potion, Funky Cold Medina, worked so well that he had all sorts of beings clamoring for his affection. Dogs. Ladies. Whatnot. But he had to throw out one such option because a she turned out to be a he.

And that's where the story of track star Caster Semenya picks up. From the AP:

South Africa's track and field federation had been asked to conduct a gender test on an 800-meter runner amid concerns she does not meet the requirements to compete as a woman. Caster Semenya, 18, is a favorite in Wednesday's 800 final at the world championships. The world track and field federation requested the gender test about three weeks ago, after Semenya burst onto the scene by improving her personal bests in the 800 and 1,500 by huge margins. IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said the "extremely complex, difficult" test has been started but that the results were not expected for weeks. The verification requires a physical medical evaluation, and includes reports from a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, an internal medicine specialist and an expert on gender. "So we're talking about reports that are very long, very time consuming," Davies said.

Davies, however, did not follow the Tone Loc model with an additional quote about an "Oscar Meyer weiner." But rest assured that both Tone and the IIAF must be sure that the girl is pure, whether it's for the Funky Cold Medina or running in the world championships.

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