National 9.9.2016 01:18 pm

Semenya responds to Audi sports car uproar

FILE PICTURE: Caster Semenya celebrates another 800m title holding up the South African flag during the afternoon session on day 5 of the CAA 20th African Senior Championships at Kings Park Athletic stadium on June 26, 2016 in Durban. Picture: Gallo Images

FILE PICTURE: Caster Semenya celebrates another 800m title holding up the South African flag during the afternoon session on day 5 of the CAA 20th African Senior Championships at Kings Park Athletic stadium on June 26, 2016 in Durban. Picture: Gallo Images

The gold medallist took to Twitter to respond to the negativity surrounding Van Niekerk’s sports car.

Caster Semenya took to Twitter on Friday to respond to the negativity surrounding Audi’s gift to Wayde van Niekerk. Some felt Semenya also deserved a car from Audi for her Olympic success.

She tweeted a quote by Theodore Roosevelt: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Van Niekerk had a similarly positive response after a fan asked him about the gift. He said: “I love and respect Caster Semenya, so let’s not compare our blessings. And use our talents to inspire each other,” adding he would just love us all to get along and be a unit “for once”.

Semenya also told Van Niekerk to enjoy the gifts he had worked hard for.

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Many others also saw nothing wrong with the situation, as Semenya only broke her personal record, compared to Van Niekerk, who broke a world record. The comments were met with criticism from poet Ntsiki Mazwai, who said “we” were a broken nation for failing to celebrate our excellence.

“Shame I’m reading these Caster tweets and realising what a low self esteem black people have….they can’t defend their own greatness,” she tweeted.

She said the Audi sponsorship was just a marketing tool used for brand visibility for the company because if it were about excellence, Semenya would have been the recipient.

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