South Africa’s leading athletics runner Caster Semenya seems to be the hardest hit by the IAAF’s new ruling that women athletes who compete in 400m, 800m and 1 500m events having to strongly monitor and adjust their testosterone levels.
This means that female athletes like Caster and India’s Dutee Chand, may have to undergo procedures or take drugs in order to suppress the amount of testosterone in their bodies.
The news was met with massive protest from South Africa, with Sports and Recreation Minister, Tokozile Xasa leading the way. She said:
“We see this as a targeted approach by the IAAF,” she said. “This new initiative comes after [Semenya] broke records at the Commonwealth Games. It is also Africans that are participating in long-distance races, therefore we view it as a target,”
In true Caster fashion, the athlete stood her ground and defended herself with dignity.
— #IAmCasterSemenya (@tndaba) May 1, 2018
Caster’s fans also took to Twitter to back her up in the face of her latest challenge.
Also can we applaud Professor Steve Cornelius for standing up for Caster Semenya. The IAAF can keep their games shame. TSEK !!!!!
— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) May 2, 2018
Her name is Caster Semenya she is the pride of the nation.
— #RiseAndShine (@polokwane_city) April 26, 2018
Simply because Caster Semenya is black her Gender issue is been questioned… But if it was white person in USA ?? won this it will be celebrated without problems..
South Africans why do you allow to be disrespected by the world ? #HandsoffCaster
— KE SHARP (@danielmarven) April 28, 2018