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Alfred E Neuman
613216.  Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:23 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
It's equally unfortunate that some in South Africa are trying to claim that it's because she is black.


Unfortunately, in South Africa today, there are many people for whom everything is about race. Luckily there are also many people for whom it is not an issue, and hopefully the former will soon fade away. And even that wish would be seen as racist by some.

I feel sorry for the athlete, who I don't think is at fault here.

 
Ion Zone
613300.  Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:48 am Reply with quote

I can understand the main problem, though I think the idea seems to be that being stuck between male and female is somehow cheating.

 
suze
613334.  Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:38 am Reply with quote

It's precisely because there is no suggestion of cheating that the IAAF has ruled out stripping her of her gold medal. Contrast with the situation when an athlete is found to have used illegal substances, when security officers absolutely do go to the athlete's home and take the medal back.

 
Arcane
613473.  Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:16 pm Reply with quote

If she was unaware of her condition she could not have cheated, as what was in her body was naturally occurring rather than artificially enhanced.

 

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