We will go to war for Semenye, says Stofile
JOHANNESBURG: WAR will be declared if the International Association of Athletics Federations excludes South African gold medallist Caster Semenya because she is a hermaphrodite, Sport and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile said the previous day.
Australian media claimed yesterday that the IAAF had received results of gender verification tests that prove Semenya is partly genetically male and that the 18-year-old faces a possible ban from competing against women.
Meanwhile, Semenya has withdrawn from the women’s 4km race at the South African Cross Country Championships in Pretoria today.
She has not competed since winning the world 800m title in Berlin last month in the midst of the ongoing controversy.
It would be unjust to exclude Semenya from competing as a woman, Stofile said.
Stofile said the department was consulting with its lawyers regarding the “human-rights violations” against Semenya.
Stofile reiterated that Semenya was a girl even if reports were accurate that she was a hermaphrodite.
He said the media had deeply invaded her privacy.