Explaining The Caster Semenya Decision, Because The IAAF Won'tBarry Petchesky7/06/10 3:15pmFiled to: TrackCaster SemenyaiaafJezebel25EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkSemenya was cleared to return to competition by track's governing body today, even as questions remain regarding her gender. Here's what happened.AdvertisementIt's been nearly a year since Semenya was suspended after dominating the competition at Worlds. Because of rumors that had long dogged her, combined with almost unheard-of improvements in her personal times, they forced her to undergo gender testing. That was way back in August, and only now do we receive a terse statement that she's free to run again. That, and nothing more.We should point out that the IAAF is possibly worse than FIFA when it comes to a culture of secrecy. Their rules are ambiguous as to what exactly constitutes "gender." They have neglected to clarify exactly what tests were run on her. And, in today's announcement, they refuse to make public the outcome of her tests.AdvertisementBut she's allowed to run again, which means one of two things.• The genetic testing confirmed she is female, by the IAAF's nebulous standards. This goes against the sensational news story in September, claiming she was unequivocally male. But that same report stated that IAAF would permanently bar her form competition, so we can discount the rest of it.