A furious South African Sports Minister threatened an athletic governing body Friday with "world war" should it ban Caster Semenya from international competition in the wake of reports that the 800m world champion is a hermaphrodite.

Makhenkesi Stofile accused the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) of leaking gender test results on Semenya to the media.

"It is very, very clear to us that Caster's human rights are not being respected at all," the minister said.

"Neither Caster nor her family deserve this kind of humiliation. None of them has done anything wrong. This is as disgusting as it is unethical."

Stofile, whose main mandate is to ensure that South Africa's international sports teams reflect the country's racial make-up, called the meeting with reporters after the Australian Daily Telegraph reported that tests revealed Semenya has internal testes and no womb or ovaries.

Asked how South Africa would react if the IAAF ruled that Semenya could no longer compete against women, he said: "I think it will be the third world war. Such a decision would be totally unfair and unjust."

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