The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) expressed its unwavering support for Caster Semenya following her unsuccessful attempt in Germany to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
“While we are supporting her to qualify for the Paris Olympic Games in 2024, we are also confident that the European Court of Human Rights will overturn the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland that banned Semenya from participating in the 400m and 800m international competitions, wherein her strength lies.”
CGE Spokesperson Javu Baloyi they are still firmly opposed to the decision by World Athletics to subject female athletes to testosterone testing, as this is against the fundamental right to personal dignity and freedom to participate in sport activities.
The Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality added that the Commission’s opposition is based on a strong conviction that the impact of this regulation will be detrimental to many female athletes like Caster and violates their human rights.
The CGE is calling on the private and public sectors, Non-Governmental Organisations, the sporting fraternity, Faith Based Organisations and the gender rights movements to support Semenya’s appeal at the European Court of Human Rights.
“In our view, this is not a Caster Semenya issue, but a gender oppression and human rights issue that will continue to linger in sport and athletic spaces far beyond Semenya’s era and perpetuate the continuous discrimination against many more female athletes” added Mathebula.