South African minister threatens “third world war” over runner gender scandal

Amidst the continued debate and controversy surrounding South African world champion runner, Caster Semenya, South African officials have gone a bit overboard in their outrage about gender testing procedures used by IAAF. In regard to revoking Semenya’s title, South African Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile stated earlier today: “I think it would be the third world ...

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Amidst the continued debate and controversy surrounding South African world champion runner, Caster Semenya, South African officials have gone a bit overboard in their outrage about gender testing procedures used by IAAF. In regard to revoking Semenya's title, South African Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile stated earlier today:

"I think it would be the third world war. We will go to the highest levels in contesting such a decision. I think it would be totally unfair and totally unjust."

Similar sentiments have been expressed by President Zuma who has vocally questioned the validity of the procedures implemented by the IAAF, and the South African people, who have embraced Semenya as a national hero.

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Amidst the continued debate and controversy surrounding South African world champion runner, Caster Semenya, South African officials have gone a bit overboard in their outrage about gender testing procedures used by IAAF. In regard to revoking Semenya’s title, South African Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile stated earlier today:

“I think it would be the third world war. We will go to the highest levels in contesting such a decision. I think it would be totally unfair and totally unjust.”
Similar sentiments have been expressed by President Zuma who has vocally questioned the validity of the procedures implemented by the IAAF, and the South African people, who have embraced Semenya as a national hero.

AFP/Getty Images

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