CAS decision on Semenya in IAAF case due next month

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CAS decision on Semenya in IAAF case due next month

CAS decision on Semenya in IAAF case due next month

Caster Semenya is fighting the athletics body’s new regulations, which some say unfairly targets female middle-distance athletes with naturally high testosterone levels.

South African 800 metres Olympic champion Caster Semenya (C) and her lawyer Gregory Nott (R) arrive for a landmark hearing at the Court of Arbitration (CAS) in Lausanne on 18 February 2019. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN – The landmark hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport involving Caster Semenya and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will see a verdict late next month.Semenya is fighting the athletics body’s new regulations, which some say unfairly targets female middle-distance athletes with naturally high testosterone levels.
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In a statement over the weekend, CAS said it had adhered to its timetable for the hearing which started with IAAF president Sebastian Coe on Monday and ended with a closing statement from Semenya on Friday afternoon.The hearings were done behind closed doors with strict confidentiality guidelines. The court said the hearings were conducted in a cordial and respectful atmosphere.CAS also added it dealt with a similar testosterone case with Indian sprinter Dutee Chand but said Semenya’s case is different as the IAAF believes it has new evidence.The three-judge panel will now begin with deliberations in a case the court has described as one of its most “pivotal” in its 35-year history.(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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