First we must congratulate the slim and petite Jenny Meadows on winning a bronze medal in the women’s’ 800 meters at the Athletics World Championship. Jenny’s success, a triumph of perseverance and determination after coaches had written her off as too delicate to compete in an event like the 800m at the highest level, is all the more notable as it came in a race that involved people with beards and quite possibly bollocks. The race was won by the 18 year old South African wonderboy Caster Semenya who looks like a bloke, talks like a bloke, runs like a bloke and has a beard.

Semenya, who has the shoulders and thighs of a Rugby prop forward, as well as a barrel chest, neck like a bull and hips that continue down in a straight line from his/her ribcage has been suspect for some time partly perhaps because (s)he runs in exceedingly copious shorts of a style that could easily have an inbuilt cache sexe and thus be termed “sausage smugglers.”

The concealment of meat and two veg is not necessarily down to tailoring however, certain performance enhancing drugs are know to result in testicular atrophy and you only have to mention a trophy to competitive types for them to ignore warnings of possible side effects.

Inevitably Semenya (is there a clue in the name, we think so, ya!) has come in for some media attention though as far as we know none of the tabloids have asked him to “get yer tits out for the boys.” We must once again congratulate the 57 old farts who run international sport for not dealing with this problem long before the first heats were run. Now the final has taken place and the medals have been awarded the matter cannot be concluded without controversy. Once again official claims to be “cleaning up athletes are made to look risible when runners with bollocks and beards are allowed to compete in womens’ events.

But are we being unfair? Should we give this young athlete the benefit of the doubt?

One commentator writing in The Guardian, tOOK the politically correct line saying:
Incidentally it really really hurts to have your gender questioned - and its shocking that this story hasn't hit the headlines as a story about the crappy and unsportsmanlike practice of gender checking.

Right, so when the 100m runners decide they are never going to beat Usain Bolt and all turn up in full drag claiming they are women we should just take their word for it? O.K.

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