Presented her Olympic gold medal by the same organisation that will look to restrict her future in the sport, Caster Semenya stood on top of the podium and smiled broader than ever before.
The finest 800m runner the world has seen for almost decade, there was little doubt that she would depart these Rio Olympics with a gold medal round her neck.
There were three intersex people in that race.
Which leaves everynoe with a thorny problem. One which doesn’t really go away.
Assume that society in general is correct with the insistence that people are whatever sex/gender they say they are.
Then we specifically have a division, here in sports, because we know that male and female physiques are different. The very finest XX is 20%, two whole seconds, behind the finest XY in the 100 m. Open competition would lead to there being no women at all in most sports at the higher level. One story is that Flo Jo would have, with the steroid assisted time she won gold in, come fourth in the men’s Brooklyn high school races.
We have the division because womens’ sport (yes, there are exceptins, equestrianism) simply will not work without the division being enforced.
Now we have intersex. Some forms of which, in certain physical attributes, are rather more male than female. Which of our sections should they compete in?
This simply is not a problem which is going to go away. So, what is the solution?