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Big Dog’s Blog sets new personal records

A personal thank you for your support.

   Thank you to those that are regular visitors to my blog.  When I started this blog in Feb ’09 I was getting about 47 hits per day.  Since that time the number has been steadily rising and on Tuesday, July 6, it had a personal best day of 5,267 hits.

   Thanks to my regular readers this blog now averages between 2K to 3K hits each day.  Not a big deal compared to other, more popular sites, but a big deal to the Big Dog!

   In recent months the most popular person on my blog is Caster Semenya, whose male/female controversy continues to stir interest.  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/caster-semenya-malefemale-controversy-continues/

   Also attracting interest are the stories about international track & field starts such as: https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/worlds-best-pole-vaulter-russias-yelena-isinbaeva/

   Michelle Wie also gets a lot of hits as does my story on the Hungarian that shattered the Big Island International Marathon women’s course record. https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/hungarian-shatters-big-island-marathons-womens-record/  

   Volcano’s Billy Barnett attracts lots of interest and so does my writings from Taiwan and about my international model daughter, Jaclynn Joseph. https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/the-article-about-my-daughter-in-the-hawaii-tribune/

   I’ve also noticed that Monday’s column stories about the interesting people I meet get a steady following.

   Again, thank you to all that come to read.  Please feel free to leave your comments and/or suggestions.

   Big Dog

July 11, 2010 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Caster Semenya Male/Female Controversy Continues

South African Caster Semenya

This past Wednesday, the IAAF announced that Caster Semenya is “still undergoing gender tests,” which means that one of the most talked-about stories in all of sport, since it first made headlines at the World Championships in Berlin, is still without an ending, happy or otherwise. That it is taking months to come up with a solution is a vivid illustration of the complexity of a controversy that, in the end, will have no winners.

According to Jill Geer, if the calls for sex-testing Semenya were due to something beyond just how she looks or sounds, to include knowledge of events or discussions that went on prior to Berlin, that’s another circumstance entirely.

Semenya’s gender questioned

Semenya is almost universally, and rightly, considered to be an innocent in this who has been wronged by those around her, most of whom, it must be noted, seem to have external male genitalia. But an obvious mistake that Semenya did make came in Berlin. After winning the 800 in impressive fashion, she crossed the finish line and flexed her muscles. Maybe it was an act of defiance and of wanting to explode gender codes. But if it was her hope that people would focus on her running and not the headlines, it was a colossal error in judgment, according to Geer.

South Africa’s 800m sensation, Caster Semenya, has been under scrutiny due to amazing victory in Berlin World Championships, on the grounds that the IAAF had conducted tests on her to establish her sex, and that she might be male.

Four months later the IAAF has not established any firm proof that Semenya is a male, although she has gone through numerous test.

There have been rumors that she will be allowed to keep her gold medal from Berlin, but that she will be banned from future competition because she test unusually high for testosterone.

November 22, 2009 Posted by | Profiles | , , | 3 Comments

Semenya’s Sexuality Questioned – Again!

Caster Semenya on her way to winning the 800 in Berlin

Caster Semenya on her way to winning the 800 in Berlin

     Will anyone ever leave this 18-year old woman alone?  Rumors continue to fly and the world continues to thrist for negative informatin about this young woman.  Now an Australian newspaper prints that Semenya doesn’t have ovaries and that she has internal male organs.

    Most legitimate newspapers would print their sources, but of course this one does not and yet it is picked up by the wire service and it’s false claims printed for the world to see.

    Two weeks ago the IAAF issued a statement that Semenya had higher than normal testosterone levels, but was still within the normal range allowed for women.

casterFollowing is the news release made available earlier today: 

The International Association of Athletics Federations did not confirm or deny Australian newspaper reports that the recently crowned women’s world 800-meter champion has male and female sexual organs.

“We would like to emphasize that these should not be considered as official statements by the IAAF,” the federation said in a statement regarding the reports that first appeared in News Limited and Fairfax newspapers

The Australian newspaper reported in its Friday edition that medical reports on the 18-year-old Semenya indicate she has no ovaries, but rather has internal male testes, which are producing large amounts of testosterone.

“We can officially confirm that gender verification test results will be examined by a group of medical experts,” the IAAF said in a written statement. “No decision on the case will be communicated until the IAAF has had the opportunity to complete this examination. We do not expect to make a final decision on this case before the next meeting of the IAAF Council which takes place in Monaco on November 20-21.”

The International Association of Athletics Federations did not confirm or deny Australian newspaper reports that the recently crowned women’s world 800-meter champion has male and female sexual organs.

“We would like to emphasize that these should not be considered as official statements by the IAAF,” the federation said in a statement regarding the reports that first appeared in News Limited and Fairfax newspapers.

 
  These latest rumors violate the proud profession of jounalism and show it at its worse.  Let’s stop the rumors and give this woman back her dignity.

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , | 1 Comment

South African Runner Gets Glamour Makeover

The new Caster Semenya

The new Caster Semenya

One minute she’s being accused of not being a woman and the next she’s given a Hollywood makeover, Caster Semenya, the 18 year old from South Africa is big news again.

    Her public relations people are trying to give her a new, more feminine image and the results are drastically stunning.

   After winning the 800 meters at the world games in Berlin, Semenya was ordered to take a gender test, https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/gold-medalist-ordered-to-take-gender-test/ because her rise to fame was too sudden and her masculine looks not fitting with IAAF official standards.

Caster Semenya
Caster Semenya

Semenya came away as passing the gender test but her looks and her higher than normal testosterone levels left some wondering about her femininity.  Now, just weeks after winning the gold medal in Berlin, https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/caster-semenya-all-woman/Semenya has taken on an entire different appearance.   My only hope is that she is happy with herself and that she continues to dazzle track spectators with her dominance in racing.  Good luck Caster!

September 10, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Caster Semenya all woman!

Running sensation, Caster Semenya, is a woman!

Running sensation, Caster Semenya, is a woman!

     Enough already.  Lets leave this young woman alone.  After a spectacular performance in the 800m in Berlin at the World Championship final, South African runner Caster Semenya’s gender was called into question. After all, she not only performed exceptionally well, but she didn’t look much like a woman. The controversy can now be laid to rest, as testing shows that her testosterone levels were found to be higher than normal, but still within the range that will allow her to continue to participate in women’s races.

Sources within the Athletics South Africa organization said that she was tested three years ago. Semenya had reportedly taken a standard urine test, which is taken by all athletes, instead of a gender verification test to make sure that she was eligible to compete.

Sources stated:   “She was tested three years ago when she started competing and it was found that she is a woman. She may have rather high levels of male hormones but she is definitely a woman.”

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Editorial, Events | , , , , , | 2 Comments