Why is it that whenever South Africa or a South African is in the news for something good – it has to be qualified with a “but….” or “however” or “nevertheless”. Caster Semenya is my case in point.
According to official records, Caster ran the 5th fastest 800m time in history! In history! BUT, tests are going to be conducted on whether she is actually a he. Apparently, ever since Caster arrived in Berlin – people have been commenting on her masculine body and features. The International Association of Athletics Federation asked Athletics South Africa to carry out “gender verification” tests on her, partly because of such rumours and partly because she had such a bomb of a season.
Get this: they’ve already begun with testing procedures but because of the “complexity” of the process, the results may take some time. HUH?! You would think they would just follow her to the bathroom to see if she stands or sits, right? Wrong! Caster would have to be examined by gynecologists, endocrinologists, psychologists, and internal medicine specialists. Pretty humiliating stuff if you ask me!
Can you imagine what Caster Semenya must be going through? Living your whole life as a woman and now being told that people actually think you’re a man! Eish!