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ASA set to appeal CAS ruling on Caster Semenya case

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ASA has indicated that it intends to appeal the CAS ruling on the IAAF rule that would force female athletes with high testosterone levels to take hormone suppressers.

On Monday, 13 May 2019, Minister of Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa confirmed that Athletics South Africa (ASA) would be appealing the judgment of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on the case between 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya and the International Associations of Athletics Federation (IAAF). Semenya took the IAAF to court for its proposed rule that female athletes with a high testosterone would have to take suppressive treatment if they wished to continue competing in certain women events.

The spokesperson for the South African sport and recreation ministry, Vuyo Mhaga, said the ministry would be filing an appeal as soon as possible. He said the appeal, to be lodged at the Switzerland Federal Tribunal, would be based on complaints over the judges’ past record on similar cases, the lack of clarity over how the ruling could be implemented and how the evidence was handled.

“It is not explained how the IAAF (the International Association of Athletics Federations) is going to administer those regulations,” he said.

“We feel that the scientific information that has been brought has been actually 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.”

Xasa has directed that the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa 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.

Abenathi Gqomo

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