Sex testing should not be designed to suppress Caster Semenya’s born talent

Caster Semenya
[Caster] Semenya’s case is the latest saga in sport’s checkered history of sex testing, a task that is purportedly aimed at creating an even playing field but…raises serious questions about how athletics organizations treat women…

Just look at her,” said Mariya Savinova, a Russian runner now tangled in her country’s doping scandal.

Savinova’s comment highlights what’s wrong with making competitors in women’s events prove that they’re women: It encourages people to police who looks “feminine enough” and sanctions discriminatory behavior that can have life-threatening consequences.

It’s easy to sympathize with the women competing with Semenya. Her talents can seem insurmountable. But it’s wrong to prohibit her from competing with the body she was born with.

Perhaps the most uncomfortable truth that this controversy forces us to confront is that there’s no such thing as a level playing field in sport. As much as we like the idea of athletes winning through hard work, guts and spirit, the fact is, much of it comes down to born talent.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Let Caster Run! We Should Celebrate Semenya’s Extraordinary Talent

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