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CAS dismisses Semenya appeal over IAAF testosterone regulations

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CAS dismisses Semenya appeal over IAAF testosterone regulations

CAS dismisses Semenya appeal over IAAF testosterone regulations

South African runner Caster Semenya loses her appeal against rules limiting testosterone levels in female athletes.


CAS dismisses Semenya appeal over IAAF testosterone regulations


(SOUNDBITE) (English) CAS SECRETARY GENERAL MATTHIEU REEB SAYING: "Caster Semenya and ASA (Athletics South Africa) requested that the DSD (differences in sexual development) regulations be declared null and void.

By a majority the CAS panel has dismissed the request for arbitration considering that Caster Semenya and ASA were unable to establish that the DSD regulations were invalid.

The panel found that the DSD regulations are discriminatory but the majority of the panel found that on the basis of the evidence submitted by the parties in the procedure such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF's objective of preserving the integrity of female athletics in some track events of international competitions, that is from 400 metres to one mile." STORY: Olympic 800-metres champion Caster Semenya on Wednesday (May 1) had an appeal dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to halt the introduction of regulations to limit testosterone in female athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs).

CAS ruled that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulations are needed to ensure fair competition between athletes who compete in events ranging from 400-metres to a mile, previously calling the hearing one of the most important ever to appear before the court.

It means that Semenya and other affected athletes hoping to compete at the World Championships in Doha in September would have to start taking medication to lower their testosterone level to below the required five (5) nmol/L within one week.

It is a special concession made by the IAAF due to the length of time it has taken CAS to reach a verdict.

However, in future athletes will be required to have reduced their blood testosterone level to below the stipulated concentration for a period of six months before they can compete.

However, in a 165-page award, the CAS Panel expressed some serious concerns as to the future practical application of these DSD Regulations.

The case is likely have wide-reaching consequences, not just for the future of athletics, but all women's sport, and has split opinion around the globe.

The South African will be the most high-profile athlete to be affected, but others include 2018 Olympic silver medallist in the 800-metres, Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi.

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