As reported in All 4 Women, LeBron James took the time out of his busy schedule yesterday to make a trip to Berlin to watch South African track star Caster Semenya’s races.
Semenya, who was competing at the 2018 Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF), won the 1000m gold and the fifth fastest 1000m time in history. Running without pacemakers Semenya clocked 2:30.70, a world lead and SA record.
We are thrilled to see Caster excelling after all the trials she has been through. In 2010, our E.D. Hida Viloria began lobbying on her behalf after she was banned from competition in 2009 because she is intersex. There was little support for her and other athletes like her at the time, but over the years perceptions been shifting, thanks in part to education by advocates such as our E.D., Katrina Karkazis, Rebecca Jordan-Young and others.
To have LeBron James, who has been ranked by Forbes as one of the world’s most influential athletes, and one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world, lending his support was phenomenal. We thank and commend James for showing the world that intersex athletes deserve our support!