athletics sa to appeal semenya testosterone ruling

07:29    14 May 2019

Caster Semenya
Athletics South Africa (ASA) will reportedly appeal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling in favour of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) over Caster Semenya.

The CAS decision earlier this month means Semenya, and other affected athletes running between the distances of 400m and one mile, will have to take medication to artificially reduce their testosterone levels.

The South African athlete, a two-time Olympic and triple world champion over 800m, challenged the IAAF’s regulations at the CAS, with her legal team arguing that her high testosterone levels are naturally occurring and therefore shouldn’t be subject to such draconian measures.

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A spokesman for Sport and Recreation South Africa, Vuyo Mhaga, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) an appeal would be filed by the ASA at the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

It would need to be done before the end of the month, 30 days after the judgement was issued on May 1.

Mhaga said the appeal would be based on complaints over the judges' past record on similar cases, lack of clarity over how the ruling could be implemented and how the evidence was handled.

"It is not explained how the IAAF is going to administer those regulations," he told AFP.

"We feel that the scientific information that has been brought has been completely ignored and we've got a belief that a different court will arrive at a different determination.

"Everything is being done through Athletics SA."

According to Times Live, South Africa’s Sport Minister Tokozile Xasa had instructed the ASA to appeal the CAS decision.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Ministry said the move had followed advice by a high-level panel that had met to discuss the way forward.

"The court simply gave the unfettered latitude to the IAAF to do as it pleases," the Ministry’s statement reads.

"For instance‚ it has not been answered as to how the IAAF will implement the regulations and how ethical issues will be addressed.

"The Minister has also directed that the department of Sport and Recreation SA should work with other organs of state to intensify the international lobby and to approach the United Nations General Assembly to sanction the IAAF for violating International Human Rights Instruments."

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