Caster Semenya Will Keep Her Gold Medal

Caster Semenya, the South African 800-meter runner who got hell for looking “manish,” will get to keep her gold medal. If you remember back to August, her gender came under extreme scrutiny after she won the World Championship race and she was forced to submit to gender testing—and the leaked results alleged that she is intersexed, possessing both male and female anatomy. Which sparked a media maelstrom, letting fly accusations of racism, bigotry, and fairness. But in a decision that does little to answer the questions or quell the ongoing debate, the International Association of Athletics Federation declared today that Semenya’s win stands. Meanwhile, they’re suspending South Africa’s Olympic Board for not disclosing their knowledge of her gender identity, and keeping Semenya’s test results under wraps. I really wish the whole issue had stayed that way—I mean, even athletes who’ve voluntarily changed sexes are allowed to compete. Semenya was born with that body and triumphed in last summer’s race, and she is now suffering for it. Which just doesn’t sit well with me. [AP, Vancouver Sun]

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