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.

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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