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‘Race science’ is rearing its ugly head again

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Scientific racism is on the rise once again. Its pernicious effects throughout our society are being explored everywhere, most notably in Angela Saini’s new book Superior: The Return of Race Science and debates surrounding South African athlete, Caster Semenya.

In the most recent development in the ongoing battle between Semenya and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the athlete accused the governing body of treating her like "a human guinea pig", after they ruled that she needed to take medication, which made her feel “constantly sick”, to control her testosterone levels.

The two-time Olympic champion is one of many athletes deemed to have differences of sexual development (DSD), which means their hormones and genes do not coincide with what is typical.

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Semenya must now either take medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile, or change races. She had been entered in the 800m at South Africa's preliminary squad for the World Championships in Qatar later this year, but whether she competes now depends on the outcome of her........

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