As athlete Caster Semenya prepares to take to the track for the first time at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday‚ South Africans are rallying behind her with one message for critics: “Caster is Mokgadi!”
Mokgadi‚ the athlete’s middle name‚ is a Pedi name which means“a woman amongst men”.
#CasterIsMokgadi has been trending on social media on Wednesday morning to send a message following her controversial speculation over her gender and international media reports questioning her participation against other women.
Celebrities‚ politicians and normal South Africans were amongst those sharing their messages of support.
Semenya‚ who seems to have adopted a new name given to her by fans – “Unlimted Cobra”‚ has also been showing a lot of positivity despite the tension surrounding her ahead of her runs.
“I’m overwhelmed by the support‚” the star said on her Facebook page on Tuesday.
“Thank you for the messages‚ I won’t be able to reply to all the inboxes and wallposts. But do know that your well wishes have been received. Means a lot.”
She noted the controversy‚ but posted a motivational quote to show that it would work for her‚ not against her: “Be happy in front of your haters‚ it kills them.”
– TMG Digital