“She Is Black, Woman And Gay,” – Audi Explains Why They Didn’t Give Semenya A Car

caster semenya olympics 2016Audi explained why it presented Van Niekerk with a sports car but did not extend the same courtesy to fellow gold medallist Semenya.

Wayde van Niekerk’s return home on Wednesday sparked yet another debate on Twitter. On arrival, the gold medallist was handed keys to a new Audi R8 sports car as part of his sponsorship deal after his Olympic win.

Van Niekerk and fellow Olympian Caster Semenya made South Africa proud when they bagged gold medals at the Rio Olympics last month.

Van Niekerk received R150 000 in addition to the R500 000 he got for his gold medal, while Semenya received an additional R100 000 to the R400 000.

As words of congratulations for the Audi flooded his Twitter timeline, one fan asked Van Niekerk where Semenya’s car was.

He responded to the fan: “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 charged to victory in the women’s 800m final at the Rio Olympics, securing the title in 1:55.28 to break her own national record by 0.05. On Thursday last week, she won the overall season title in the women’s 800m event at the Diamond League series final in Zurich, becoming the second SA athlete to win the League race in any contest.

She pocketed R1.3 million in prize money in the top-flight campaign, including $40 000 (R590 000) for the overall series victory.

With all the prize money the Olympians received, tweeps are asking why it seems as if Semenya has received less than what Van Niekerk got. Radio personality Anele Mdoda also took to Twitter on Friday morning to ask Audi where Semenya’s car was.

 

 

 

 

These explanations didn’t find space in the heart of outspoken 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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