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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Court of Arbitration dismisses Semenya appeal


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Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya will be required to medicate to suppress her testosterone levels if she wants to defend her world title after losing her appeal in a landmark case.

The South African runner's appeal against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday night.

The CAS ruled that the IAAF regulations are needed to ensure fair competition between athletes who compete in events ranging from 400-metres to a mile.

The CAS panel of three judges gave a complex verdict and "dismissed both requests for arbitration" from Semenya and the governing body of track and field.

Medalist in the women's 800 meters, Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba and South Africa's Caster Semenya

In a landmark judgment, the court said the IAAF's proposed rules on athletes with "differences of sex development (DSD)" are discriminatory.

However, the judges ruled 2-1 that "on the basis of the evidence submitted by the parties, such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF's aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the Restricted Events."

Semenya took out the gold in the 800-metre event in both 2012 and 2016, but was subjected to gender testing following her victory at the 2009 World Championships.

Semenya was withdrawn from international competition until July 2010 before the IAAF cleared her to return to competition.

- With AAP

Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya will be required to medicate to suppress her testosterone levels if she wants to defend her world title after losing her appeal in a landmark case.

The South African runner's appeal against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday night.

The CAS ruled that the IAAF regulations are needed to ensure fair competition between athletes who compete in events ranging from 400-metres to a mile.

The CAS panel of three judges gave a complex verdict and "dismissed both requests for arbitration" from Semenya and the governing body of track and field.

Medalist in the women's 800 meters, Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba and South Africa's Caster Semenya

In a landmark judgment, the court said the IAAF's proposed rules on athletes with "differences of sex development (DSD)" are discriminatory.

However, the judges ruled 2-1 that "on the basis of the evidence submitted by the parties, such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF's aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the Restricted Events."

Semenya took out the gold in the 800-metre event in both 2012 and 2016, but was subjected to gender testing following her victory at the 2009 World Championships.

Semenya was withdrawn from international competition until July 2010 before the IAAF cleared her to return to competition.

- With AAP

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