On what basis was Caster tested?

GENDER and drug tests are conducted either as a matter of policy or as a result of probable cause.

GENDER and drug tests are conducted either as a matter of policy or as a result of probable cause.

If someone's performance improves suddenly the tests are designed to test for use of performance enhancing drugs.

Such tests are standard and can be understood by all athletes.

Since 1999 there has not been any gender testing of women as a matter of policy. So such tests are conducted as a result of probable cause.

What is the probable cause that caused the IAAF to initiate investigations against Caster Semenya? Her physique? If so, then are swimmers going to be tested too? Are ugly women going to be tested?

Sudden improvement from 2:04 to 1:56 and then 1:55 is not a function of gender, since one can argue that even men do not improve by seven seconds without intensive training, change in diet and a strict training programme.

Imagine moving from rural Polokwane to the University of Pretoria. That would surely account for the improvement in times.

It is very clear that the IAAF used Western stereotypes of what a woman should look like as probable cause and that is racist and sexist, since many of those making the determination are fat and ugly European men.

The IAAF needs to come clean and explain what caused them to investigate.

l Her performance?

l Her looks?

l Her mannerisms?

What?

Len Anderson, Randpark Ridge

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