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South Africa Unites in Support of Caster

All across South Africa, Members of Parliament have united in their support for Caster to stand up against the regulations enforced by the (International Association of Athletics Federations) IAAF. Dressing in government-sponsored black T-shirts, the MP’s flaunted their attire with printed phrases like “we condemn subtle hatred and racism”.

The rule change by the IAAF seeks to enforce a hormonal limit for athletes in the female categories in international athletic competition.

South Africa’s Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa expressed her firm stance against the regulation saying “We call upon all members of this house to be on the right side of history. We urge all of us as representatives of the people of South Africa to openly declare to the whole world to know that we are Caster and Caster is us. We urge all political parties to endorse the campaign #Naturallysuperior and to continue to lobby the world to stand firm against these regulations.”

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has also expressed a “deep concern” in relation to the rule change by the IAAF. In a media release on its official website, SAMA stated that “We deem the requirement for hormonal manipulation in these athletes unethical and invasive. It runs in stark contrast to the entrenched principle of athletes competing in their natural state. Such rules are – in our view – excessive and would constitute a systematic affront to the dignity of all female athletes,” said Dr Angelique Coetzee, chairperson of SAMA.

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