Gender Determined Characteristics a Human Rights Issue

 

 

Caster cleared to compete as a woman

Controversial athlete Caster Semenya has been cleared to compete as a woman after nearly a year of speculation over her gender, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) confirmed on Tuesday.

 

Photograph by: Anja Niedringhaus
Credit: AP

The IAAF has given the 19-year-old South African 800m world champion the green light to run again after reviewing the results of gender-verification tests.

“The process initiated in 2009 in the case of Caster Semenya has now been completed,” the IAAF said in a statement.

“The IAAF accepts the conclusion of a panel of medical experts that she can compete with immediate effect.”

The IAAF added: “The medical details of the case remain confidential and the IAAF will make no further comment on the matter.”

Semenya has not run since leaked test results said she was a hermaphrodite following her win at the world championships in Berlin in August.

The incident sparked anger from the South African public and government, who have rallied behind the athlete.

Comment:
What’s all the fuss? Is has to do with winning.  As a society we want to believe that everything is black and white but when there is a lot at stake we want to dissect this concept a little further. Because life is full of greys, we have to accept people as they are and not try to fit a square peg in a round hole the way we want to do with gays and lesbians and transgendered people.

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