Caster isn’t the cheat in this racist shambles, say SA academics

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Caster isn’t the cheat in this racist shambles, say SA academics

Sports chiefs have trampled human rights and medical ethics as they target athletes from poor backgrounds, they argue

Cape Town bureau chief

The leaders of world athletics should be considered cheats for the way they have victimised Caster Semenya, says an article in the latest edition of the SA Medical Journal. (http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/12674)

Safia Mohamed of Unisa and Ames Dhai of Wits University said Semenya’s fight for the right to race “is about all women like her who originate from disadvantaged and mostly poor backgrounds”.

Condemning the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for “trying to slow Semenya down for a full decade”, they said: “In its many decades of harsh scrutiny of successful female athletes, especially those from backgrounds similar to Semenya’s, it has disrespected human rights and medical ethics...

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