Semenya Saga Comes to Conclusion

As a follow-up to an earlier blog post here, Caster Semenya, the 19-year-old South African who won the World Championships in the 800 meters last summer, was cleared July 6 by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to return to competition after a nearly year-long “investigation.” The teenager was subjected to public ridicule after her eye-opening gold medal performance, in which she beat the silver medalist by 2.45 seconds.

The IAAF ordered Semenya to undergo gender testing, and what followed was rampant speculation and irresponsible media reports about her gender due to her impressive victory, toned physique, and tone of voice. But after months of behind-the-scenes talks, the IAAF finally cleared the way for Semenya to return to competition.

In October 2009, Fitness Information Technology wrote an in-depth blog post about Semenya’s situation, in which Susan Bandy, a leading scholar on transgendered and transsexual athletes, provided some interesting context and insight into the topic. Click here to read that blog post.


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