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)