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By Joey Blum
The Chronicle 

World leaders off track with decision to ban honest, worthy competitors

SPOTLIGHT: THE MIDDLE-DISTANCE RACES

 

February 6, 2020

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Caster Semenya (above) has inherent physical attributes – similar to Secreteriat and Wilt Chamberlain – that help them outclass their peers.

"All Olympians have some exceptional traits. That is why they are elite athletes. A level playing field for everyone remains elusive, perhaps unattainable."

– Jeré Longman, writing in The New York Times, Aug. 18, 2016

Perhaps the best women's 800-meter runner in the world, Caster Semenya of South Africa, will not compete at the Tokyo Olympics from July 24 through Aug. 9 this year.

Semenya is not injured, has not been defeated by others vying for a spot on the South African team, and has not been excluded for cheating.

World Athletics (the international governing body of track and field)...



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