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.

FILE: South African runner Caster Semenya. Picture: AFP.

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



The feeling is mutual, Girl. We love you no matter what! #HandsOffCaster https://t.co/UfBTUqf6bG



They are SHOOK but we are ready #HandsOffCaster pic.twitter.com/FX2XCbRMU8



@caster800m this is yours!!! Haters will always be there - winners are hard to find! #HandsOffCaster #TeamCasterSemenya #GoForGoldcaster πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦



She remains a hero to many in SA and we will defend her from skewed conceptions of femininity in sport #WeSupportCaster #HandsOffCaster



Race times #CasterSemenya #HandsOffCaster #TeamCaster #TeamSA #Rio2016 Expecting millions of SA'ns to watch live pic.twitter.com/mmCMviy49R



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.