#HandsOffCaster: South Africans rally behind Semenya amid gender criticism
South Africans have taken to social media to defend their star with the hashtag #HandsOffCaster.
JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have rallied behind middle-distance runner Caster Semenya after some international media questioned whether she should be allowed to run alongside other female athletes.
In a _Sports Illustrated _article, the journalist said Semenya "will win a gold medal" come 20 August in the women's 800meters race at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Semenya has what has been identified as intersex conditions, including having high levels of testosterone.
Other reports have gone as far as quoting sources saying "a victory by South African [Semenya] in middle-distance running would trigger a feeding frenzy among the other countries to scour for female athletes with high level of testosterone."
South Africans have not taken kindly to these and other comments and have taken to social media to defend their star.
The hashtag #HandsOffCaster has been alive on Twitter throughout the weekend and is most likely to gain momentum in the lead up to her upcoming race.
GO FOR GOLD SISI South Africa is behind You. Show them why they should scared of You🚺🏅🕪💪💪 #HandsOffCaster
- Siphosethu Nxumalo (@mytululu) August 14, 2016
- This forces sporting bodies to confront this matter across ALL sporting codes. Where is she to compete? She is not a man. #HandsOffCaster
- Lebo (@Ladyelle_MHL) August 14, 2016
- Anna Aagenes (@AnnaLinaAagenes) August 14, 2016
- Miyelani Mkhabela (@Miyelani_Hei) August 14, 2016
- Alayne Mitchell (@Alaynesa) August 14, 2016
- Karim_Abdul_Malik (@SliqSinistah) August 14, 2016
- Noma Rangana (@Gcaleka) August 14, 2016
- Makgofe Moagi (@MakgofeD) August 14, 2016
- Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) August 14, 2016
- BACONISTA (@SlyPod) August 14, 2016