IAAF hails Semenya decision as
victory for 'parity'
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[August 01, 2019]
(Reuters) - The governing body
of world athletics has hailed the Swiss court decision that ruled
Caster Semenya out of their world championships as a victory for
"parity and clarity".
Olympic 800 meters champion Semenya is fighting an International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulation that middle
distance female runners with a high natural level of testosterone
must take medication to reduce it.
On Tuesday, the Swiss Federal Tribunal (SFT) reversed a ruling that
temporarily lifted the IAAF’s testosterone regulations imposed on
her, effectively ruling her out of the Sept. 28-Oct. 6 world
championships in Doha.
"This decision creates much needed parity and clarity for all
athletes as they prepare for the world championships in Doha this
September," the IAAF said in a statement.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled the IAAF's
regulations were necessary for athletes with differences in sexual
development (DSDs) to ensure fair competition.
CAS is based in Lausanne and comes under the jurisdiction of
Switzerland's highest court.
Semenya, who is appealing the CAS ruling at the SFT, has said she
does not wish to take medication to change who she is and how she
was born, and wants to compete naturally.
The IAAF said during the remainder of the SFT hearing it would
"maintain its position that there are some contexts, sport being one
of them, where biology has to trump gender identity".
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South African athlete Caster Semenya speaks with journalists after
she raced during a 2,000 metres for the first time after her ban due
to elevated testosterone levels, at a small meeting in Montreuil,
near Paris, France, June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
"The IAAF believes ... that the DSD Regulations are a necessary,
reasonable and proportionate means of protecting fair and meaningful
competition in elite female athletics."
Semenya ran the quickest ever 800 meters on United States soil at
the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on June 30 in a time
(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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