Caster Semenya and Cyril Ramaphosa made it on Time’s 100 most influential people of 2019. Other honourees on the list include; Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande, Mohammed Salah and LeBron James.
Caster has been battling a gender classification case that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) brought forward at the Court of Arbitration (CAS). The IAAF asked that female athlete with high testosterone levels to take medication to lower it before competing in events ranging from 400m to a mile.
Edwin Moses, the contributor who wrote a piece on Caster’s Time’s entry said “Ultimately, this incredibly difficult issue is a political one for the sport to resolve. But however it is addressed, Semenya will have already made a singular historical contribution to our understanding of biological sex.”
Vivienne Walt wrote a piece on Cyril Ramaphosa saying “Now finally, at 66, Ramaphosa, or Cyril, as he’s known to South Africans, has the chance to end corruption and grow the stalled economy. That could be his toughest battle yet. Blackouts, grinding poverty and massive unemployment have left millions desperate for quick results. Vicious infighting in his African National Congress party leaves him vulnerable to a coup, or perhaps an ouster in elections on May 8.”