Championships over the weekend, the Semenya phobia gripped athletics fans at
Namboole when a Kenyan 800m gold winner was mistaken for a male.
start of the two-lap race to finish in a time of 2:07:14. Because of her style
of running, some fans started expressing doubt on whether she was really a
her”, claimed one panicky volunteer at Namboole. However, those claims were
ignored as they were never made official. Namboole workers were in another
corner in a heated argument about the runner.
contacted said they cannot act on rumours. “Let the doubters file an official
complaint and the athlete can be taken for testing,” he said.
Secondary School in Nairobi.
rubbished the allegations saying it is natural for some female athletes to have
especially with gym work and training. This is not her first time to be on the
and won silver in the 1500m. She was in the World Championships in France and
finished sixth in the same race,” he noted.
Secondary School in Nairobi. He called on all those in doubt to follow her up.
mistaken for a male when she won gold at the World Championships in Berlin in a
world record of 1:55.45.
6, 2010, when the IAAF cleared her.
activists termed the controversy racist as well as an attack on Semenya’s
privacy and human rights
Source: New Vision