Semenya challenges IAAF ruling at Court of Arbitration for Sport
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[June 19, 2018]
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South
African middle distance champion Caster Semenya has taken her
challenge to a female classification ruling by the governing body of
athletics to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the court said on
Semenya, a double Olympic and triple world 800 meters champion,
would have to take medication to lower her higher than normal levels
of naturally-produced testosterone under the International
Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) ruling.
The IAAF says her testosterone levels give her an unfair advantage.
"Caster Semenya seeks a ruling from CAS to declare such regulations
unlawful and to prevent them from being brought into force. An
arbitration procedure has been opened," the court said in a
Semenya is being represented by law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, who
said in a statement on Monday the 27-year-old wants to be allowed to
compete "the way she was born".
The IAAF said its decision was based on peer-reviewed studies and
observation by scientists which showed that females with
above-normal or male equivalent levels of testosterone had up to a
12 percent performance advantage over fellow female athletes.
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Caster Semenya (RSA) wins the women's 800m during the 44th
Prefontaine Classic in an IAAF Diamond League meet at Hayward Field.
The time is the fastest ever run in the United States. Mandatory
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The IAAF also said it was ready to defend the new regulations at the
court. South African media and politicians have rallied to her
Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass, strength and
hemoglobin, which affects endurance. The IAAF rule is not directly
aimed at Semenya but she will be most affected by it.
(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)
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