Controversial debate on the gender of South African gold medallist Caster Semenya, and her ‘fitness’ to compete with other women in today’s much-awaited Rio 800m race has been condemned by the ANCWL.
Speaking via a statement, the Women’s League described the baseless debate on Caster is “an attack to humiliate and demoralize her since she is expected to win a gold medal during the 2016 Olympic Games.”
The ANCWL further argued that the widespread speculations and debates are uncalled for since Caster was born that way.
Ahead of today’s big race, a foreign media – Sports Illustrated; sparked a huge debate titled ‘Is it fair for Caster Semenya to compete against women in Rio’. The New Yorker – another foreign media followed suit with a debate titled: ‘Caster Semenya and the Logic behind Olympic Competition’.
An overwhelming number of sports fans have already tipped Caster for 800m gold despite controversies surrounding her startling masculine physique.
The gold medallist has a condition called hyperandrogenism – which causes her body to produce and absorb an excessive amount of male hormone. According to a leaked medical report from 2009; Caster has no ovaries rather, internal testes and very high testosterone levels which are primarily responsible for her physique.
Caster Semenya Excessive Hormones Reviewed
Remarkably, after smashing records in the 800m at the 2009 World Championships; her rights to compete with other women was reviewed. Thereafter, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ordered female athletes with excessive testosterone to either bring down the excessive hormones by taking drugs or quit competing.
Caster complied but an Indian sprinter; Dutee Chand, with the same condition challenged the regulations in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and won. And in July last year; the regulation was set aside on the ground that improved performance is not tied to hyperandrogenism; thus, having Caster endorsed for more victory.
Meanwhile, Semenya will today take the blocks for the women’s 800m. Apparently; she is at her best after impressive training. She is currently the 11th fastest woman in the 800m race after she divulged her new personal best of one minute 55.33 seconds last month.
She also won holds gold and silver at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships and silver at the London 2012 Olympics.