Gender Testing for Athletes

This article speaks specifically of South African track star Caster Semenya who won a gold medal at the Berlin World Championship in 2004. Since her record breaking time was so substantial, gender testing was subjected to the 18 year old athlete. Years later she was able to compete again with her test results remaining confidential. To keep these records confidential was a positive move by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) because it kept the matter private, as its no one’s business to know the personal life of a young woman. The IAAF have made many greats steps in the right direction regarding gender indifference.

Since the late 1960’s, the IAAF and International Olympic Committee (IOC) have attempted scientifically to determine the best most fair possible way for those people with gender indifferences to compete in the games. As technology rapidly advances is relation to “Moore’s Law,” then I believe there will be a time when there is no more debate regarding his issue,  as there will be a defining factor that separates both male and female. If however that finding does not help determine an athlete’s sex, having both male and female in the same sport could be a viable option. Sexism will be an afterthought as both sexes will collide in sport. This could create an interesting spectacle as it’s unprecedented at this point, and could cause a great uprising. I do not promote women to play necessarily in professional sport leagues, but track and field could be a good start. If there are women capable of keeping up and challenging males, then there is no reason they shouldn’t be allowed to compete. The fundamental reason male and females are separated in sports is because males due to their hormone and body structure are superior in athletics compared to females. I believe this could be changed in certain sports to include female athletes who have a hope of winning, at least be given that chance. This idea does seem outlandish, but the world is adapting and many people want equality everywhere…sports is the next step.

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