Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Winning at a 'man's' game

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM

OK, so the IAAF has asked the South African athletics federation to conduct a gender verification test on 800-meter runner Caster Semenya amid concerns she does not meet the requirements to compete as a woman. She's 18 years old and they think she might be a man because of her incredible performance beating out the world champion. The judges don't think that she's cheating, just that she doesn't know that she's actually a man. This is the oddest coupling, pun intended, that I have ever heard. She will have to submit to a battery of test to prove that she is a woman. Something doesn't sound right about this at all. If she has been competing as a woman her entire life, why question her gender now? I guess women can outrun each other but not discrimination.

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