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Nobody Has Decided Yet If Caster Semenya Is Girlish Enough to Compete

The track star has been benched. Indefinitely: “Due to an ongoing investigation by the International Association of Athletics Federation, the South African Olympic Committee announced this week Semenya would be unable to compete in the imminent domestic season. The SASCOC president Gideon Sam said: ‘Caster Semenya is not eligible to run in any sanctioned meeting or race.’ He added: ‘The matter over the results of her gender test are still sitting with the international parent organization, the IAAF.’ The SASCOC have effectively rendered the 800m runner unable to compete while she is the subject of the ongoing investigation, despite the IAAF stating that she is free to run.” And now her attorneys are biting back: “In another twist in the tale, the 19-year-old’s legal firm have hit back, insisting that Semenya should be permitted to compete and is innocent of any wrongdoing. In addition, they argued that the South African athlete’s rights are being infringed. ‘It is clear that our client’s rights are once again being infringed,’ said Gregory Nott, Semenya’s lawyer. ‘Caster is a world champion. She has committed no wrongdoing. On the contrary, she has competed with the best and won. Her medal is confirmed as is her prize money and her record stands. She has not been disqualified to participate in any future athletics meetings.'”

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On:           Jan 18, 2010
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    • Tina

      Sad truth of too many of us non-gender binary peeps. Happens all the fscking time.

      Pass the inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. No matter who you are, you deserve gainful basic employment rights and a safe place to live.

      Jan 18, 2010 at 11:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt

      @Tina: It is indeed a sad truth, but sports are different than employment. There’s a legitimate *reason* that sports like track are segregated into biological men and biological women. There simply is no way to handle this that’s good for all: unfair as it is that she is not allowed to compete, would it really be fair to the other competitors if she were? The only way to be fair to all parties would be to have a third category for the intersexed, and there simply aren’t enough for that to be workable.

      Jan 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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