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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:05 pm    Post subject: Semenya's gender controversy Reply with quote

So what do you make of this one? Shocked

For those that don't know, South African 800m prodigy Caster Semenya has been starting to produce some impressive times. She's run the fastest time in the world this year, faster than Kelly Holmes has ever run, I believe.

She completely decimated the rest of the field as can be seen below:



Now people are questioning whether she is truly a woman and she is undergoing a gender test which will probably take weeks.

You couldn't make it up, could you?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely you could just look at her ´downstairs´and find out could you not? People are saying she has abnormal size muscles for a woman, a deep voice and is running faster than all the other women, so she (or he!) is really in a pickle if she´s a man. Confused much? Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jambowambo wrote:
Surely you could just look at her ´downstairs´and find out could you not?


You'd think so, wouldn't you? Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really is awful behaviour by the governing body. I mean is there a worse accusation to level at a woman than this? And at the World Championships as well after she's just won gold. Regardless of her gender that is callous in the extreme.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the main point, I think. Why has it not been sorted before the WC?

She will have competed at all kinds of levels to get this far. If there were ever any doubts they should have been addressed long before.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other point of course is why was it made public before any tests were even done? You don't get drug tests being made public beforehand do you?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point. Or was that the media latching on to something?

I can understand her not wanting to be on the podium to collect her medal.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a good way to treat someone either way. She was paraded like some kind of freak.
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