Saturday, April 10, 2010

IAAF can't determine sex of 880m champ Caster Semenya

In August 2009, South African runner Caster Semenya was named the winner of the Women's 800m world record at the Berlin World Championships. Once the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) raised the question of whether Caster Semenya was a woman or a man and initial findings indicated that Caster might be a hermaphrodite, she was forbidden from competition until gender verification tests could produce a sound conclusion. It's been about eight months and nevertheless no results, and Caster Semenya is nevertheless waiting to get back on the track. Payday loans might not be an option in South Africa. How else then will she make a living?

Caster Semenya has no doubt she's a woman

Caster Semenya graced the cover of YOU magazine about a month after the IAAF snafu. She’s comfortable in her womanhood, but the IAAF governing body nevertheless isn’t confident. Semenya says that their investigation has hurt her career and infringed upon her rights, according to The UK’s Guardian newspaper. She said, "Since my victory in the female 800m event at the Berlin world championships in August last year, I are subjected to unwarranted and invasive scrutiny of probably the most intimate and private details of my being".

Although she hasn't been banned or suspended, Caster Semenya can't compete

Caster Semenya has not been banned or suspended from running, which makes the entire IAAF operation even more foolish. She was accommodating to a fault when she agreed not to race until the IAAF could clear up the confusion, it seems. She is now ready to fight. The wait has been too long, and Caster Semenya and her advisers can discover no reason that she should not be able to resume racing. The gold medal and prize cash for the 800m victory has already been granted to her. Caster Semenya's full comeback statement could be found here (from The Guardian).

Yet Athletics South Africa tells her to ‘hold on’

Ray Mali, chairman at Athletics South Africa, is asking Caster Semenya and her advisers to stay patient. ASA thinks Caster ought to wait for the result since the IAAF has promised a "speedy" process, but the IAAF has reportedly already bungled several self-imposed deadlines, partially because of a change in leadership over mishandlings of the Caster Semenya issue.

For the time being, Caster Semenya is prohibited from pursuing her career of choice while the IAAF spin their wheels? If only a turnaround would be as fast as same day payday loans for Caster. In fact, it is a tragedy that it might take the sacrifice of a promising sports career like what Caster Semenya would surely like to expose just how incompetent world athletic associations have become.

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