Parliament reacts to IAAF's 'sexist' regulations against Caster Semenya

Parliament reacts to IAAF's 'sexist' regulations against Caster Semenya

- Politicians have voiced their opinion on the IAAF's new ruling against Caster Semenya, and they are not happy

- They have deemed the act of the IAAF as "unjustified and racially humiliating"

- However, Semenya on the other hand is showing it won't get her down

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As Briefly.co.za reported previously, the IAAF has ruled if athletes like Caster Semenya did not take hormone pills to lower their testosterone levels, they would no longer be allowed to compete in 1500m or shorter races.

The ruling has caused outrage across the nation, with South Africans warning the IAAF to keep their hands off Semenya.

South African politicians even weighed in. National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise slammed the regulations, adding it was "unjust, sexist, dehumanising and should be condemned by all human rights proponents in the world".

"Physiques of African women have and continue to suffer unjustified and racially humiliating scrutiny and mockery. This must stop", said Moloto Mothapo, the parliament's spokesperson.

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Mothapo added IAAF's actions should be rejected with contempt because it threatens not only "Caster's career, but the sacrosanct principles of fairness, justice and equality in global sports".

"The act also threatens the entire generation of young girls from rural and disadvantaged backgrounds who are inspired by her to break the proverbial glass ceilings in their careers of choice."

The IAAF's ruling followed Semenya dominating the 800m and 1500m at the Australian Commonwealth Games.

However, the double Olympic Gold medallist is not giving haters the satisfaction of knowing they got her down.

“How beautiful it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged.”, Semenya wrote on social media.

She then added an image with the words: “Your attitude is like a price tag, it shows how valuable you are.”

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