By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter
The International Olympic committee seems to be having it out for Black women around the world in 2021 and the evidence continues to mount with the passing weeks. One after another are getting disqualified for the 2020 Summer Games.
Black Athletes around the world should be uniting together toward their goal of Gold, Silver, and Bronze in Tokyo but these games are already mired in controversy.
There is an escalating war going on with the International Olympic committees and Black female athletes around the world. If this does not stop soon, many African American male athletes have stated they will not participate in Japan. The rumbling has already begun with two weeks before opening day in Tokyo.
Caster Semenya-(South African), Sha’Carri Richardson-(USA), Brianna McNeal-(USA), Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi-(Namibia), will not be going to Asia. Simone Biles-(USA) had to prove to the committee that she belongs after multiple national championships.
It is very discouraging to watch Black women athletes be punished and excluded for their greatness while other athletes are encouraged and celebrated. Ms. Williams gets called for double foot-fault, which cost her another Major victory to tie Margaret Court’s Majors record, 24; people are still trying to find that line judge in New York. They are screaming that Coco Gauff is too young to play yet Tracy Austin, Monica Seles, and Martina Hingis, (ONE YEAR OLDER) hit the courts, back in the day.
The American Women’s basketball team leaves Nneka Ogwumike off the team after she wins the WNBA-MVP award in 2020 season, REALLY. People still cannot forgive Brittney Griner for her Joe Frazier impersonation, years ago; for beating up her partner, they also cannot forgive Maya Moore-WNBA All Star for falling in love with a man she helped find freedom from prison. They are still throwing darts at Candace Parker because she left the Los Angeles Sparks to play for the Chicago Sky.
These are glaring examples of the recent world attacks. Naomi Osaka has joined the party because she did not want to play by the rules and set her own rules by not playing tennis matches. The Olympic organization enforced six restrictions to only Black female athletes. The question should be asked WHY?
1.- Banned, Caster Semenya (South African)-who is the best at her event in the world from competing in her main event because of her natural hormone levels. She does not want to take the medication to lower those levels and has brought her case to the European Court of Human Rights. The Court decision will not be made before the Olympics.
2. – Penalized, Simone Biles-(USA), being the first female gymnastic champion able to do a move men are allowed to do without penalty. After many conferences with Biles and the international gym committees she was finally permitted to use this move in her routine.
3. Banned, Sha’Carri Richardson (USA) the fastest women in the U.S.A. for having used cannabis when she was not competing and not on the track. Richardson used marijuana to deal with her mother’s recent death. It would be a different issue if she used it on the day of a race.
4. Banned, forcing two runners, Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi- (Namibia) to resign preemptively from the event because of their natural high hormone levels.
5. Banned for two Olympic Games for tampering with drug results- It was reported that Brianna McNeal-(USA) in the 100 hurdles finished 2nd. But it was really about the legal documentation about her abortion and that she changed the date which lead to the tampering charge.
Francine Niyonsaba-(Burundi) and Margaret Wambui-(Kenya) were each prohibited from the 800 meter event because their testosterone levels were above five nanomoles per liter. Oh Lord, we cannot have that because that would be cheating.
It is the first time this number of athletes have tested above the legal level since the Rio Games in 2016. Either the testing has gotten better or more athletes are having higher levels of testosterone. Many are competing as a trans gender person and the rules are still new and fresh.
6. Banned swim caps by the International Swimming Federation were specially designed for Black hair to keep pool water out. Nobody said a word when white athletes designed a new swim cap and suit in 1988 and then again in 1994 to reduce drag in the pool.
What do these recent rulings have in common? They are aimed at Black woman around the world and needs to be exposed. This recent attack on Black culture continues around the world. We are not missing anything and this pattern has become very clear.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor News Radio Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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