Response to Semenya Controversy
Dr Julie Wee
In truth, the Castar Semenya controversy has been a poorly handled gender issue. I feel great sympathy for Castar Semenya who through a naturally occurring anomaly, which should have been detected at a national level, has been publically outed, internationally, in a most unfortunate manner .
It saddens me to read this article in which the writer attempts to portray the reaction to this athleteâ€™s performance as a white racist plot. That Castar Semenya was selected to compete on the international stage points to a fundamental flaw in modern day attitudes to sport and national pride that is the medal (or winning) is more important than basic human dignity and rights.
Black athletes , both male and female, have excelled internationally for years . Their continued emergence, from the African states in particular, will have more to do with their natural athletic abilities, improved economic development , improved educational standards and political stability in their countries of origins than any reliance on misguided white conspiracy theories.
I personally look forward to watching and celebrating the performance of African athletes of excellent calibre in future international meets. Let â€™s hope that we can all celebrate the success of all athletes without prejudice.