ANCWL slams US me­dia over Se­menya’s gen­der

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The African Na­tional Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) has con­demned un­war­ranted spec­u­la­tion by in­ter­na­tional me­dia on South African gold medal­list Caster Se­menya’s gen­der, it said in a state­ment.

“As the Women’s League we view the de­bate on Caster’s gen­der as an at­tack to hu­mil­i­ate and de­mor­alise her since she is ex­pected to win a gold medal in the 2016 Olympic Games,” it said.

South Africans also took to so­cial me­dia in de­fence of Se­menya un­der the hash­tag #Hand­sOf­fCaster af­ter two ar­ti­cles ap­peared in US me­dia this week.

One was ti­tled ‘Is it fair for Caster Se­menya to com­pete against women in Rio’ in Sports Il­lus­trated and the other, ‘Caster Se­menya and the Logic be­hind Olympic Com­pe­ti­tion’ in the New Yorker.

Se­menya is due to par­tic­i­pate in the women’s 800m race on Wed­nes­day.

The ANCWL also slammed the scru­tiny as mo­tive for those con­tin­u­ally per­pet­u­at­ing a view that African women had no ca­pac­ity to ex­cel in sports.

The league also ar­gued that Se­menya’s gen­der was not a de­bat­able mat­ter as she was born a girl.

“No amount of pub­lic hu­mil­i­a­tion can change her gen­der,” the state­ment read.

“The courts have proven that there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to prove that women ath­letes with higher testos­terone lev­els had an edge over other women ath­letes. This kind of scru­tiny is in­hu­mane and is a vi­o­la­tion of Se­menya’s hu­man rights.” — Sapa

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