Semenya Caster Is Back On Track
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has refused to speak about the investigation until an official statement is released. The scientific test results will remain confidential, however the statement would speak on whether or not she’s qualified to continue competing against women.
Semenya’s coach has expressed optimism that the 800-meter world champion will compete despite the fact that the prolonged investigation is still underway. She has not been officially cleared for international competition, but her lawyers remain optimistic that the outcome will be promising.
According to the Huffington Post, IAAF spokesman Nick Davies says “we are still in the same position as before – no official IAAF comment until we have finished the inquiry.”
Davies said he couldn’t say how long the inquiry will take, but Semenya has been patiently waiting to learn the outcome of her future in athletics since the reports initially surfaced in August 2009 .
If you recall, just hours before the 800 meter final was set to begin, the IAAF ordered gender testing on Semenya because of her unusually muscular build and fast finish times. Her future in athletics has been called into question ever since.
Semenya’s case has shown just how pervasive a force gender still is in our society. Its dominance can be a detriment, a riddle, or an advantage depending on who you ask and what those reasons may be. In the same sense, extremely talented people are taken advantage of every day because of their differences and further repressed by a society that has neither the understanding or the answers. Things become even more ambiguously perplexing when the goal is to level the playing field among competitors.
I’ll provide updates about Semenya’s fate as more information becomes available.