AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

track and field

Monday, January 16th, 2012

You remember Caster Semenya

There was a big birthday party a week or so ago, in South Africa. No, not that one, not the ANC centenary, although, amazingly, people are still debating that blowout a whole week later, including how some of the VIPs got to experience what ordinary people endure everyday. This was a party of now, of

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The Falcon of Qatar

The Spring Issue of Middle East arts magazine, Bidoun, is about sports. This includes a piece on “Kenyan long- and middle-distance runners who have found infamy and fortune as Arabized athletes in the Gulf” on $1000 a...

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Caster Semenya’s Private Parts

Reports are emerging about the extent of world-beating 800 meter track and field athlete, Caster Semenya, and of the collusion of South Africa’s track and field officials (who pretended they were on her side) with the world...