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IAAF would do well to leave Semenya alone


semenyaAll eyes were on Caster Semenya when the South African lined up for the start of her 800m final on Wednesday, but for all the wrong reasons.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Wednesday, hours before Semenya was due to run, that the procedure for a gender test had started following her rapid performance improvement in the past year.

Let's get one thing clear at the outset: this case has nothing to do with cheating or any attempt to gain unfair advantage.

If an athlete, as has been the case several times in the past, disguises himself or herself as a member of the opposite sex to gain an unfair advantage, then they should be exposed, banned and accept any consequences of their attempts to cheat.