Stonewall statement on Caster Semenya
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Stonewall statement on Caster Semenya

Kirsty Clarke, Director of Sport, Stonewall said: ‘It’s deeply disappointing to hear the Court has ruled against Caster Semenya. Today’s ruling sets a dangerous precedent in regulating how people – particularly women - participate in sport. The Court themselves have acknowledged these regulations are discriminatory and that’s a huge issue.

‘The fact that some women, including Semenya, may now have to inhibit their performance or face expulsion from sport is a wake-up call and we, along with many others,  are concerned about the potential impact this judgment could have across all of women’s sport.

‘At Stonewall, we believe what’s happened today is a missed opportunity to send a positive message to women of all races, shapes, sizes and abilities that sport is open and welcoming of everyone.

Running alongside Semenya’s case – and often wrongly conflated – is the divisive debate about trans people’s right to play sports. The reality is that many trans people still feel unwelcome, or even actively excluded from playing sports. We have long been concerned about the impact that these debates have. When you question one group’s rights you expose the rights of everyone to be questioned, scrutinised and even limited. In this case, women’s sport has taken a step back because of misinformed debates about what women’s bodies should be capable of, rather than what they are capable of.

‘Sport should empower individuals and communities. It also has the power to bridge gaps and bring people from all walks of life together. We stand with Semenya and all those who support creating a more inclusive environment within sport. Our work continues until all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are accepted without exception, in all sports.’