Caster Semenya?s birth certificate says she?s a woman. Her mother insists that she?s a girl. But many are still left unconvinced and claim that she could also be a ?he.? This is due to the fact that the South African 800-m runner, who just won an Olympic gold, is an intersex. This medical condition affects people who are born with both male and female genitalia. ?Meantime, all the women she has competed with cried out that it was too tough to compete against a woman who runs like a man.
Intersex is also known as hyperandrogenous where the body contains higher levels of testosterone. But whether Semenya has this condition is still unverified. The 25-year-old runner refuses to discuss anything about her gender. When asked about the controversy, Semenya firmly stated that the press conference was all about performance. She said it is all about loving one another and not about discriminating against people.
Semenya clocked in 1 minute and 55.28 seconds. She finished well clear of silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi.
In July 2015, the Court of Arbitration for Sport eliminated the rules that related to the acceptable amount of testosterone in every female track athlete. These are rules coming from the International Association of Athletics Federations. This means those who possess high levels of hormone should be banned from the competition unless they take suppression medication or if the testes is removed.
The concern of many is that women?s sports will be unfair if some athletes who have testosterone advantage will be allowed to join.
Semenya is taking testosterone-suppressing medication. Regardless, her win was fair because there are no restrictions in Rio. Amid all speculations and controversies, she remains positive about sports. Semenya believes that it is not about how muscular a runner is, but it?s about his or her performance.
The controversial athlete gave advice to everyone, saying one must not look at how the opponent looks like. Just go out, have fun and do better.