There has been so much controversy over the gender of Gold medalist Caster Semenya ever since she won the 800m sprint by a large margin in the World Championships on thursday.
The Parents of the sprinter have protested such accusation, with her dad saying “That is my little girl.” Her dramatic winning margin, muscular build and deep voice sparked speculation about her gender. Her father, grandmother and cousin dismissed speculation she is not a woman.
About three weeks ago, the IAAF asked the South African athletics federation to conduct the gender test after Semenya burst onto the scene by posting a world leading time of 1 minute, 56.72 seconds at the African junior championships in Bambous, Mauritius.
“It would not be like that if it were some young girl from Europe,” Chuene told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “If it was a white child, she would be sitting somewhere with a psychologist, but this is an African child.”
Chuene also said there was no evidence to prove Semenya was doing anything wrong.
“If there was evidence, she would have been stopped,” Chuene said. “Where I come from, you’re innocent until proven guilty.
“They’re judging her based on what?” Chuene added. “Who can give me conclusive evidence? I want someone to do that.”
Semenya did not attend the medal winners’ news conference after winning by a margin of more than 2 seconds, in 1:55.45. She was replaced at the dais by IAAF general secretary Pierre Weiss.
Weiss said the testing was ordered because of “ambiguity, not because we believe she is cheating.”
I personally think this is one of those situations where her image has already been tainted permanently. If it turns out that she is a woman, then arguably her best day in her life has been ruined by these accusations. However, if she is a man, then it will have to be the most embarrassing day in the face of south african sports.
What are your thoughts? Here are some of her pics: