ANCWL slams international media criticising Caster Semenya’s gender
The league says it’s humiliating and creates the impression an African woman can’t excel in sport.
CAPE TOWN - The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) has slammed some international media organisation's interest in South African runner Caster Semenya's sexuality.
The league has labelled the criticism as humiliating and demoralising and that it creates the impression an African woman can't excel in sport.
The ANCWL has called on South Africans to support the gold medalist and to condemn speculation around her gender.
The league has reacted to an international sports magazine questioning whether Semenya should be allowed to compete against women at the Rio Olympics.
The hashtag #HandsOffCaster has been trending on social media in a show of support for the 25-year-old runner.
She's a woman. Simple. #HandsOffCaster
- Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) August 13, 2016
- #TeamCaster (@kaysexwale) August 14, 2016
- Sibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) August 13, 2016
- Leanne Manas (@LeanneManas) August 13, 2016
- Gauteng ANC (@GautengANC) August 13, 2016
- South African Heroes (@SA_Heroes) August 13, 2016
Six years ago, the International Association of Athletics Federations subjected Semenya to gender tests.
It was found she has naturally higher than average testosterone levels.
In the same year, the athlete was denied the opportunity to compete in a Stellenbosch track and field event pending the probe into her gender.