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South Africa’s Caster Semenya through to Semifinals amidst Controversy as to whether she Should Compete as a Woman

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Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya

25-year-old South African middle-distance runner, Caster Semenya‘s Olympic campaign has been trailed with controversy over her hyperandrogenism condition.

Semenya, who has been subject to a strict media ban by her coach and manager Jean Verster, while in Rio had said:

I am not a fake. I am natural. I am just being Caster. I don’t want to be someone I don’t want to be. I don’t want to be someone people want me to be. I just want to be me. I was born like this. I don’t want any changes.

Caster has never been accused of doping yet there continues to be a lot of noise from various parts of the world as to why she has not been excluded from the Olympic Games in Rio.

There have been calls that she should not participate because she has “unfair advantage” over the other athletes. This has not deterred the runner, and the support from South Africans have been awesome.

The Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has called for South Africans to get behind the Polokwane born Semenya with a campaign on social media as she is the favorite to win gold.

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