I'm sorry for Caster Semenya. I really am. To drag in the ancient cliché, s/he can't help the way s/he was born, and her condition was undoubtedly exacerbated by her (East) German coach. The humiliation and disappointment after being given a hero’s welcome must be dreadful. I hesitate to say it must have been like a kick in the balls.
It’s the reaction of ANC politicians that I find fascinating. Take Minister for Sport Makhenkesi Stofile as an example. Building on the pioneering medical research of his erstwhile colleague Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (who you’ll recollect, rocked the scientific world by discovering beetroot to be the cure for AIDS) he presumably enlisted her to scour every peer-reviewed medical journal to check the basis for the findings.
His verdict: “Where is the science that says hermaphrodites have an advantage? The issue here is that this girl has undesirable levels of testosterone - what does it matter? That is neither here nor there. She does not have a womb - so what?," he asked. He may as well have added ‘OK, she has a dick and a pair of balls. So what?’
What a fucking idiot.
But we expect ANC Ministers to be idiots. However, it also demonstrates that they have enough intelligence to milk the peecee/racism tit for all it’s worth. The IAAF has been accused by all and sundry in SA as ‘racist and sexist’. Well done lads, you’re learning.
No mention of course of genuine women athletes who have trained all their lives, and their dreams and rights. The black sense of entitlement, and the corresponding absence of personal responsibility, are running out of control. Doubtless ‘the legacy of apartheid’ will be dragged into it at some stage.
By the way, did you know that the name Caster Semenya is an anagram of 'YES A SECRET MAN' ?