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SA government determined to fight CAS decision on Semenya v IAAF case

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The South African government has vowed to continue the fight against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)’s ban of Caster Semenya from partaking in athletic events.

Semenya lost her challenge against the IAAF testosterone rules on Wednesday, 1 May 2019, after the Swiss Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) ruled against the double World and Olympic 800m champion runner‚ prompting Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa’s impassioned response.

The superstar was fighting measures imposed by the IAAF that seek to force “hyperandrogenic” athletes — or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) — to lower their testosterone levels by taking drugs if they wished to compete as women.

“Naturally, we are disappointed with the judgement‚” Xasa said on Wednesday, 1 May 2019, after the CAS verdict was announced.

“However‚ we have directed Athletics South Africa (ASA) to request a copy of the full judgment. We will study the judgement‚ consider it and determine a way forward.

“As the South African government, we have always maintained that these regulations trample on the human rights and dignity of Caster Semenya and other women athletes. We will comment further after studying the full judgement,” the minister said.

Xasa said ASA‚ as a member of the IAAF‚ should take the matter up in the General Council of members of the IAAF.

“ASA should continue to lobby other National Athletics Associations in other jurisdictions to internally oppose these regulations‚ to continue to put the necessary pressure on the IAAF to see the impact of these regulations on global human rights tenets and frameworks,” she added.




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