South African social media has exploded with love and support for Caster Semenya as International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) case continues!
South Africa – South Africans and the international community have been urged to continue supporting the naturally superior Caster Semenya, as she continues to fight for her career at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in Switzerland.
South Africa’s 800-metre double Olympic champion is appealing a new set of regulations from the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
It wants women athletes with a testosterone level above five nanomoles per litre to undergo hormone therapy to reduce their levels.
Only then will they be eligible to take part in international competitions.
Semenya lodged an appeal against the new regulations, which were scheduled to come into effect in November 2018, delaying their implementation until the appeal has been resolved, which is expected on 26 March 2019.
The case is being heard behind closed doors until Friday.
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation, Beauty Dlulane, said the IAAF’s insistence on changing the regulations will lead to many people viewing it as a discriminatory world sporting organisation.
“There has to be justification in what the IAAF is proposing because as things stand it appears they just want to slow Caster [down]. For as long as Caster has competed, it has been the IAAF’s intention to change the regulations in order to disadvantage her.”
The IAAF’s actions towards Caster Semenya and other female athletes in Africa should be rejected with the contempt they deserve, said Dlulane who emphasised the importance of denouncing racism and sexism in the sport.
The portfolio committee called on the world, including every South African, to support Semenya during this week’s hearing of the appeal against the regulation.
Meanwhile social media has exploded with love for the South African athlete!
As #CasterSemenya prepares to take her fight against testosterone regulation to Switzerland, South Africa is rallying behind her!
We LOVE you Caster!
Proudly South African and PROUD of South Africa!!! ❤️🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/Z45mwZk7k1
— Good Things Guy (@GoodThingsGuy) February 18, 2019
You are a woman admired for your courage, outstanding achievements & noble qualities. You are a South African heroine who is stronger & braver than most humans. You make us want to be better & we support you all the way! #CasterSemenya #HandsOffCaster
— Brent Lindeque (@BrentLindeque) February 20, 2019
What foot size are we going to allow swimmers? Some have flipper size feet.
What height are basketball players allowed to be? Giants or regular size.
I propose jockeys can’t be small and slight but must be at least 6ft and weigh over 80kg’s.
Leave #CasterSemenya alone 🇿🇦🤬
— Mike Abel (@abelmike) February 19, 2019
As a Limpopian, I was and still am inspired by Caster. SHE has showed me that through hard work and dedication you can conquer the world. Supremacy powers just don’t want to be on the loosing end. Forever my champion!!!#HandsOffCaster
— Tshepo (@TshepoOliver_M) February 15, 2019
Never dim your light just to make others feel better about themselves. Standing proudly behind @caster800m during this difficult time. #HandsOffCaster #NaturallySuperior 🇿🇦💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/mq19u23KkR
— Marizanne Kapp (@kappie777) February 19, 2019
— Kevin Lerena (@Kevin_Ko_Lerena) February 18, 2019
— RudigerMyNigger (@nickchelsea1) February 19, 2019
— Natasha Mazzone MP (@Natasha9Mazzone) February 19, 2019
This man breaks down the @caster800m situation perfectly and exposes the racist, backward and sexist @iaaforg. And by the way, Sebastian Coe is a rubbish and kak person. Special place in hell for him, right next to Katie Hopkins #HandsOffCaster @robertmarawa pic.twitter.com/rADsE3DhTz
— Dipuo (@Dips_T) February 19, 2019
You are an inspiration to many. You have overcome many obstacles & challenges.This is just another one to fight, but this time u not fighting alone. Your fellow South Africans are behind you during this difficult time of ur career. 🇿🇦 #HandsOffCaster pic.twitter.com/25NuzQUt2R
— Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) February 19, 2019
— suneluus96 (@SuneLuus) February 19, 2019
She has and still is the pride and joy of South Africa. Hard work and dedication made her who she is today!! Let's stand behind @caster800m and support her now that she needs us!! #handsoffcaster #naturallysuperior pic.twitter.com/qTqcQO7l62
— Lizelle Lee (@zella15j) February 19, 2019
— Buntu Fanteso (@BuntuFanteso) February 15, 2019