Many South Africans have expressed their disappointment after news broke that Caster Semenya had lost her battle in challenging the IAAF’s decision to force female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels.
This basically means that women with higher testosterone levels like Caster Semenya are now forced to take medically-prescribed drugs to lower their levels of testosterone or face the consequences of being excluded from any sports competitions they may want to partake in.
The news sent shockwaves throughout the country as South Africans expressed their dismay at the court’s ruling.
Countless debates on social media and on other media platforms such as television and radio have been ongoing since the news broke.
These are just a number of very strong statements and questions that were raised by angry South Africans who are still perplexed at the IAAF’s win against Caster Semenya.
“The effects of testosterone suppressants could be debilitating to #CasterSemenya – effects include muscle fatigue, dehydration, depression – should she fight on or just walk away? Is this about fairness or is she being targeted? Misogyny? Homophobia? Racism? #702Breakfast”
“Somebody here asked very pertinent question: So its ILLEGAL to take drugs to ENHANCE performance as an athlete but LEGAL to take drugs to drop your performance? Noma its because a Black athlete is kicking ass this time. #CasterSemenya”
“It is only other female athletes who can stop the abuse on #Caster. Oh wait, it’s the majority of them, especially those from the global North, who ran to their granp parents to complain about #CasterSemenya the queen.”
A few hours after the news broke, Caster eventually broke her silence by releasing a statement via her legal team saying:
“For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger. The decision of the CAS will not hold me back.”
Caster also took to social media to express that this ruling will not hold her back at all.
My vibes are so cool.
Call me Stefano dimera if you want to. I'm a die hard that's a fact..🐍
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) May 1, 2019
South Africans have even created the #JustDoItForCaster in support of Caster Semenya’s continuous battle against the IAAF.
These are just some of the comments by some of our local media personalities:
Damn. We love you Sisi vha CASTER SEMENYA !!! Sorry you had to be the sacrificial lamb in an every going war against black women in the world.
— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) May 1, 2019
— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) May 1, 2019