Stop the inhumane treatment of African Women 400m and 800m runners

Stop the inhumane treatment of African Women 400m and 800m runners

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Women Sport Africa Network started this petition to World Athletics

STOP THE INHUMANE TREATMENT OF AFRICAN FEMALE ATHLETES

World Athletics has withdrawn Namibians Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi from the 400m list to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, citing suspicion of high natural testosterone levels. This follows the inhumane treatment of Caster Semenya, 800m runner from South Africa, Annet Negesa, a middle-distance runner from Uganda, Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, Margaret Wambui of Kenya and many other athletes. Women sport Africa Network (WSAN) finds the protocol and procedures of sex testing by World Athletics to be violating these athletes' human rights and its primary effect drives them out of sport competitions. WSAN also find this humiliating to these athletes, violating all promises of confidentiality and perpetuates both gender and racial stereotype as it targets only elite female athletes and black Africans. it also targets 400m, 800m, and other middle-distance races well known as distances in which African athletes excel. Should this be tolerated, it only serves to increase both gender and racial discrimination that has existed in sport and drives Africa women athletes out of sport.

Women Africa sport Network  and other sport organisations in Africa stand in solidarity and urge World Athletics  to Immediately withdraw the Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification altogether as it discriminates against African Women Athletes 

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