I had joined chorus against Caster Semenya but I have repented, former athlete

What do the women who complained against Caster Semenya have to say about the IAAF ruling against her?

Madeleine Pape competed against Semenya in Australia in the 800m in 2009 has come out to say the ruling by the IAAF is wrong.

Pape says at the time she joined the chorus of women complaining against Semenya, nobody in her orbit presented an alternative viewpoint or held her to account for her own uninformed opinions.

Speaking to Joanne Joseph on the Afternoon Drive, Pape says she has now repented and railing behind Semenya.

It was through reading and becoming friends with women who have high testosterone that my views changed.

Madeleine Pape, PhD sociology candidate in the United States

READ: Caller says women must own up that they are the ones who complained about Caster

Pape says the mindset of people in Sport needs to change.

I don't think the IAAF has done a good job of sharing information about the many different views people have expressed around this topic, I think they have tried to restrict the conversation.

Madeleine Pape, PhD sociology candidate in the United States

She further says the ruling is a violation of the affected women's bodily integrity.

We are missing an opportunity to celebrate the incredible athletic ability of athletes like Caster.

Madeleine Pape, PhD sociology candidate in the United States

In my view, she has been an icon for women sport and could really be put up in a pedestal like Usain Bolt.

Madeleine Pape, PhD sociology candidate in the United States

Listen to the full interview below...


This article first appeared on 702 : I had joined chorus against Caster Semenya but I have repented, former athlete


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