South Africa to ask the UN to intervene in Semenya saga
By Khanyisa Tabata
22 August 2009
South Africa will lodge a complaint with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights over the gender test ordered on the country’s middle-distance runner Caster Semenya.
The Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation says the Commissioner will need to investigate the gross and severe undermining of rights and privacy by the ruling athletics body, the International Amateur Athletics Federation.
Semenya’s gender has been under scrutiny since her arrival in Berlin for the World Athletics Championship where she won a gold medal in the women’s 800 meters race.
The athletics body has asked Semenya to undergo a gender verification test, given her muscular physique.
The IAAF yesterday said it had to conduct the test to make sure she does not have an unfair advantage over her opponents after a sudden burst onto the scene.