Let­ters In Brief

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - THIS WEEK YOU’RE SAYING ... -

THERE is a great need to in­cor­po­rate peace and con­flict man­age­ment in our ed­u­ca­tion and start it from pri­mary level. Life in South Africa has been un­der­pinned by some form of violence.

Par­ents must in­ter­act with and lis­ten to their kids when they speak. We need to ed­u­cate our kids at an early level that it is okay to have dif­fer­ent views. This will help us to:

Build com­mu­ni­ca­tion and life skills; To re­spect dif­fer­ent opin­ions; To man­age ten­sions in our schools;

To en­cour­age com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion; and

Teach and de­velop a prob­lem-solv­ing ap­proach.


The IAAF in­tro­duc­tion of what is be­ing called the “Caster Clause” to try to level the play­ing field when it comes to com­pet­ing ath­letes who have more than dou­ble the amount of nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring testos­terone lev­els, is a dif­fi­cult one .

Of course the Ath­let­ics SA will think this is an at­tempt to throt­tle Caster Se­menya, but the IAAF felt that some­thing had to be done . . . per­sons with dis­or­ders of sex dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion (DSD) were turn­ing to ath­let­ics to earn fame and for­tune on the back of, what the IAAF be­lieves, is an un­fair bi­o­log­i­cal ad­van­tage .

Fe­male com­peti­tors com­pet­ing over mid­dle and longer dis­tances, were at a dis­ad­van­tage, they say? What about the weightlifters and shot put com­peti­tors? Surely the higher testos­terone lev­els would be an ad­van­tage there too? Will we have com­peti­tors grouped ac­cord­ing to their testos­terone lev­els in the fu­ture?


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