“I am Mokgadi Caster Semenya. I am a woman and I am fast.”
Because of Caster Semenya and other female athletes with DSD ( Difference of Sexual Development) The International Association of Athletics Federation is reportedly trying to classify female athletes in that category as “male” – a report the athletic governing body has denied .
The IAAF said it is “not classifying” any athlete with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) – of whom South African Semenya, 28, is the most notable – as male.
“To the contrary, we accept their legal sex without question, and permit them to compete in the female category,”
But what the South Africa government is challenging is the new rule of IAAF in her bid to restrict the levels of testosterone in female runners.
According to the athletics governing body, under the ruling, female athletes like Caster Semenya with naturally high testosterone levels would have to race against men or change events unless they took medication to reduce it.
Research commissioned by the IAAF in July 2017 found that female athletes with high testosterone levels had a “competitive advantage “
These rule applies only to female athletes that does the 400m and above.
The reason why the IAAF is proposing the rule is to make sure women with high testosterone levels does not have a competitive advantage over other female athletes with a lower testosterone.
Female athletes affected must take medication for six months before they can compete, and then maintain a lower testosterone level.
Therefore the South Africa government is calling on the rest of the world that proposed new rule of IAAF is a reminder of the fight against apartheid, according to the country’s minister of Sports and recreation, Thokozile Xasa, who is a female.
“We once more call the world to stand with us as we fight what we believe is a gross violation of human rights.”
Apartheid was a system of racial segregation imposed by a minority white ruling group in South Africa from 1948 to 1991.
South Africans and a majority of people on social media believe that the 800 Olympic champion is been targeted.
The 800m Olympic Champion and her lawyers are also challenging the IAAF saying that her right to run is been challenged
“She is a heroine and an inspiration to many people around the world.
“Ms Semenya is fighting for her right to run without being required to undergo unnecessary medical intervention – she is fighting to run free.”
According to Caster , in a statement made last year , she said she will fight the rule
“It is not fair. I just want to run naturally, the way I was born.
“It is not fair that I am told I must change. It is not fair that people question who I am.”
What is fair and what is just?