SHOWS: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (FEBRUARY 18, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
CASTER SEMENYA ARRIVING AT COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT (CAS) WITH HER LAWYERS AND REPRESENTATIVES 2.
CAS NAME PLATE 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT (CAS) SECRETARY-GENERAL, MATTHIEU REEB, SAYING: "It is unusual and unprecedented as I said because we have never had such a case at CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport)...What is going to happen, I am not able to say, but it will be important for sure, yes." 4.
REEB TALKING WITH JOURNALISTS STORY: South African double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya arrived on Monday (February 18) for the start of a crucial hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The athlete is challenging a ruling of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) that would force "hyperandrogenic" female athletes, that is athletes who have a naturally high level of testosterone, to take drugs to lower this level before being allowed to compete in races from 400m to one mile.
Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass, strength and haemoglobin, which affects endurance.
According to the IAAF, hyperandrogenic athletes are de facto favoured, and they would have to lower their level to preserve fair competition.
Shortly after the hearing started, CAS Secretary-General Matthieu Reeb said the hearing was unprecedented, and raised not only juridical but ethical and philosophical questions.