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Rosie DiManno: Caster Semenya has a genetic gift. She shouldn’t be degraded for it

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“I am 97 per cent sure you don’t like me. But I’m 100 per cent sure I don’t care.”

Caster Semenya doesn’t comment often on the hell and humiliation she’s been put through for years by the muckety-mucks of sport.

A mixed-zone quote here, often in a confrontational episode with reporters, like the TV journalist who stuck a camera in her face after the 800 metres semifinal at the 2009 World Championships: “Your career has boosted, and with that has come rumours. I heard one that you were born a man. What do you have to say about stuff like that?”

A social media posting there: “Too fast? Too bad. I was born to do this.”

Occasionally, in statements released through her lawyers: “I know that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically. For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me strong. The decision of the CAS. will not hold me back. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.”

It is, indisputably, personal.

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The International Association of Athletics doesn’t know what to do with Semenya, who burns up the track every time she sets foot on it. The Court of Arbitration for Sport admits that track rules designed to reduce naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners “are discriminatory,” forcing them to take drugs to quash what their bodies produce naturally, if freakishly. Yet these directives — discriminations — as the CAS ruled early this month, are “a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the legitimate objective of ensuring fair competition in female athletics in certain events.”

While the finding........

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