送交者: cruiser 于 August 19, 2009 at 13:26:46:
today at berlin a south african (18 year ago teen) just won women's 800 in world championships, with a great mark beating second by a huge margin. roars, claps, exclaimation, and congratulations, right? no, instead, jeers, whistles, question marks...... the girl is ordered by world athletics organiztion IAAF to take a gender test!
women's sports is in a dilemma, simply because in most events women are inferior to men, so the easiest way of excelling among women athletes is to be like a man (or pseudo-woman as might be the case of above). how many times we see this phenomenon, there's no grace, elegance, beauty from women sports demanding power, instead we see 2nd-3rd class "men" competition in women's sports.
we see this in tennis (williams sisters, mauresmo), swimming (so many back-side-view-like-men broad shoulders)and many many other sports, but none more obvious than in track and field.
browsing world record book list, one will find most prominent events all have very very old dated marks, 15-20 years, shared mainly 3 groups: f0rmer east europe bloc; china Ma's army; and florence griffith-joyner. most of them are in reality unbreakable, athletes long have given up hope of breaking women's 400 meters WR, wang jun-xia's 10,000 mark also scares most away. some experts say it may take 50 to 100 years to surpass those records.
lots of doubts are on them, of course. flo jo mysteriously died at an unexpected early age; Ma's army dominated 1500 and 3000 all time best list, but very few of them ever shone outside china, not even a brief moment.
despite enormous pressure to remove those "tainted" records, iaaf is reluctantly to do so, afraid such a move opening pandora's box, too many old wounds surface up again. too bad, athletics couldn't be like swimming, benefitting from super swimsuit to erase all old questionable marks.
it's not like men's, though every sports is more or less shadowed by PEDs, but at least men's situation is better than women's, a man can impose as a woman, but a leopard can't do as a man. many fans still trust african runners from kenya and ethiopia. at least men's WR are still breakable and being continously broken.
so finally let us ask IAAF, IOC and ourselves: what to do with women's sports?