Sports Minister Thokozile Xasa has again strongly criticised the new regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federation.
The minister made the statement in the National Assembly as part of a campaign against the IAAF’s regulations.
Political parties from across the spectrum have also thrown their weight behind South Africa’s golden athlete, Caster Semenya.
She is challenging the new regulations which require athletes like Semenya, who have naturally higher testosterone levels to undergo treatment to lower their levels in order to compete internationally.
The ruling on Caster’s appeal is expected to be delivered on March, 26th.
Xasa says, “We believe that this is tantamount to modernised barbarism. And is indeed an attempt at civilising cruelty as well as making discriminatory practices acceptable in a world that should be steeped in a human rights culture. Based on this, we are firmly opposed to these regulations of the IAAF. We had lend support to the case of Miss Mokgadi Caster Semenya. Our own citizen and our people’s golden girl.”
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