South Africans on social media are standing together and the message is clear – #HandsOffCaster


South Africans are sport crazy and rivalries between fandoms can get fierce when it comes to inter-provincial competitions. But when athletes don the green and gold to represent South Africa on the world stage – we know how to stand together.

It becomes a case of “if you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us”. When Chad Le Clos was targeted by cyber bullies after losing to Michael Phelps, South Africans got hot under the collar.

Read more: American Phelps fans are being seriously mean to Chad Le Clos online

Now that the internet has our star athlete Caster Semenya in its crosshairs – we’re not just hot under the collar but downright furious.

In 2009, 18-year-old Caster suffered the ultimate humiliation when she underwent tests to determine her gender.

As if that wasn’t enough, the results of the tests leaked and the recommendation was that she required treatment for her condition. Read more: Caster’s big decision When Sports Illustrated dredged up the issue on 11 August, it got personal. In the article it states, amongst other things, that Caster’s participation in the Olympic Games will spark an emotional debate, “one that is far more challenging than the comparatively simple issue of doping.”
The journalist, Mandy Wiener, is asking the million dollar question.
South Africans on social media are standing together and the message is clear -- #HandsOffCaster.
So has Caster silenced her critics?
Be sure to diarise these dates so you don’t miss Caster tearing up the track next week and making the ultimate statement in response to the haters.

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