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It IS about Caster
So Caster Semenya continues to await the outcome of the IAAF’s deliberations, and the decision as to whether she will be able to run again in a competitive race. The IAAF have disgracefully announced that “there is no timetable for the decision.” Why not? Possible the IAAF board believe that if they ignore the issue long enough it will go away. Not this time!

Amongst all the speculation, many have expressed the option that Caster Semenya should not be able to compete as w a woman, like the athlete Sanya Richards.


Richards of course would have a vested interest in Caster being banned, and so her opinion should be viewed in this context. What makes me angry is that Richards considers that “It’s not about Caster”. Wrong. It IS about Caster. It’s very much about Caster, and it is also about human rights. Caster Semenya is not a drug cheat, and she has done NOTHING wrong. She has been brought up and (as far as I know) lives as a woman. She therefore has every right to expect to be treated as such. If she is allowed to compete again and wins, then I for one will cheer. Perhaps it might also inspire the athletes trawling in her wake to do better. We can all benefit from inspiration.