Sprinter Chand backs Semenya to beat IAAF in fight over testosterone levels
Caster Semenya will be working with Dutee Chand’s legal team, Canadians James Bunting and Carlos Sayao whose experience on the subject could prove invaluable.
Caster Semenya competes to win the women’s 800 metres during the IAAF Diamond League “Weltklasse” athletics meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich on 30 August 2018. Picture: AFP.
CAPE TOWN – Indian sprinter Dutee Chand believes Caster Semenya will be victorious in her fight against the IAAF’s proposed regulations that would cap testosterone levels for female athletes competing in middle distance events.In 2015, Chand was involved in a similar battle at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the IAAF.She’s offered her support to South Africa’s two-time Olympic champion.Chand knows all about fighting testosterone regulations imposed by the IAAF.In fact, she was successful in her fight which saw the Court of Arbitration for Sport set aside laws because they were deemed discriminatory and lacking evidence.Now the IAAF has proposed regulations on middle distance female runners which requires them to take medication to regulate their testosterone levels and this directly affects Semenya.Speaking in India, Chand says that she was young and naïve and wasn’t prepared for the case, but feels Semenya’s stronger and more prepared for what lies ahead.She adds she’s postive the IAAF ruling will change in Semenya’s favour.Semenya will be working with Chand’s legal team, Canadians James Bunting and Carlos Sayao whose experience on the subject could prove invaluable.A verdict will be reached by the end of March.