November 20, 2009

Gender-test runner Semenya to keep gold medal, says South Africa: South African runner Caster Semenya will be allowed to keep the gold medal she won in the women's 800-meters at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany, in August, the country's sports ministry announced Thursday. In a statement on their official Web site the ministry added that Semenya had been found innocent of any wrongdoing but the widely anticipated results of gender tests conducted would not be made public. "We have agreed with the IAAF that whatever scientific tests were conducted legally within the IAAF regulations will be treated as a confidential matter between patient and doctor," the statement read. "As such there will be no public announcement of what the panel of scientists has found. We urge all South Africans and other people to respect this professional ethical and moral way of doing things."
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Now they decide to keep this confidential? Have they not already ruined her career and life in the public eye?

1 comment:

  1. How could they allow someone who is biologically male to compete as a woman? It wouldn't have been fair for them to give her a "pass" and encourage similar infringments of their rules and regulations. No, the allegations weren't true, but it would have been wrong for them to let their (justifiable) suspicions go unaddressed. It's their responsibility to keep the sport fair and a man competing against women in a track event is anything but fair.