Athletics body introduces new division for intersexed and transgendered

Caster Semenya

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The next World Championships in Athletics will include a new division for intersexed and transgendered athletes across all events.

The historic and ground-breaking decision was made by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in swift response to the controversy over South African middle-distance runner Mokgadi Caster Semenya. The 18-year-old was revealed to be a hermaphrodite after suspicions arose over her gender following her victory in the 800 meters at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany. In biological context, a hermaphrodite is an organism that has both male and female reproductive organs.

Full speed ahead for athletic hermaphrodites, ladyboys and trannies in 2011

“We want to show the world that we are a progressive organization able to move with the changes and mutations of time,” said IAAF President Lamine Diack. “And so, we are proud and honored to introduce the Intersexed & Transgendered (IT) as an official division in all of our events.”

In a press statement, the IAAF said it believes highly in equality and fairness and wants to ensure that imbalances and unfair advantages don’t happen in any event. The governing body said they have no plans to rescind Semenya’s gold medal.

Details are still being ironed out, but Diack said it will definitely be “full speed ahead for athletic hermaphrodites, ladyboys and trannies” in 2011. “We welcome all athletes, regardless of their gender or lack thereof, to compete in our championships,” Diack added.

Hundreds of intersexed and transgendered athletes all over the world have already expressed enthusiasm and interest following the announcement of the IAAF decision. One of them, 17-year-old ladyboy Tram Poonapoonphom of Thailand, said she is “ready to kick some Semenya ass.”

“We will see finally who is really the queen of 800 meters,” Poonapoonphom said before flicking her bleached blonde hair behind her shoulders.

Poonapoonphom is biologically male with penis and testicles intact, but identifies as female after undergoing breast augmentation surgery. She said she didn’t go for the full sex change operation because she will “miss her jewels” far too much.

“I’m really a girl deep down inside, but I love my penis and balls,” she said, giggling gingerly like a schoolgirl.

Canadian transvestite performer Donnarama has also expressed interest in competing at the championships in 2011.

“Do they have a purse-tossing event? ‘Cuz I got that one on lock, honey,” said the accomplished drag queen.

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