Its that time of the year again when TIME magazine releases its list of 100 most influential people of the year. The magazine’s list features leaders, pioneers, artists, leaders, and icons from all over the world, all of whom have had a massive influence in the shaping of society for the referred to the time period.
The popular magazine released its list of 100 most influential people for 2018 and the individuals listed range from mega popstar icons like Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift to pioneers like tennis sensation Naomi Osaka to world leaders like American Congress Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Our very own power athlete Caster Semenya
made the list for her bravery amongst social and political gender woes that she has had to face. She was honoured under the Magazine’s ICONS category
which is rather befitting of this strong and inspirational woman. Each year when TIME releases their list, the honoured are further honoured by an individual close to them who writes their tribute for the pages of the Magazine.
Caster’s honour was written by Edwin Moses who is himself a two-time Olympic gold medallist in track and field. He, like Semenya, has helped pioneer standards of drug testing within the sports sphere. He has helped develop the sport’s drug-testing program, a program which wishes to guarantee fair treatment of all athletes.
In his honour to Ms. Semenya he writes “Semenya identifies as a woman, but has testosterone levels higher than the typical female. Her success has brought controversy in elite sport, with many arguing that her biological traits give her an unfair advantage in women’s competition. But Semenya is fighting that. Sports eligibility, she and others say, should not be based on hormone levels or other differences of sex development. If successful, Semenya’s effort could open the door for all who identify as women to compete in track events without having to first medically lower their testosterone levels below a proposed limit.”
Another South African who made the list is our very own President Cyril Ramaphosa who was honoured under the “leaders category”
with his tribute penned by Vivienne Walt
Well done Caster for continuing to remain brave amidst adversity and congratulations on this honour.
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