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SOUTH AFRICA: ASA Takes Over Semanya’s CAS Appeal

By Published May 14, 2019

South Africa’s track federation will appeal (ASA) is to appeal against the recent Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) double Olympic champion, Caster Semenya.

ASA said it would lodge an appeal on behalf of Semanya against the CAS ruling which will force female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels with drugs.

Semenya’s case continue to provoke furious debate across sport worldwide about gender and “hyperandrogenic” athletes, those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD).

“We’ll file the appeal as soon as we possibly can,” Vuyo Mhaga, spokesman for the South African sport and recreation ministry, said.

Mhaga said the appeal, to be lodged at the Switzerland Federal Tribunal, would be based on complaints over the judges’ past record on similar cases, 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.”

The World Medical Association has urged doctors not to enforce the controversial new rules, warning that attempts to do so would breach ethics codes.

The court itself said there was insufficient evidence to overturn the new regulations, but it “expressed some serious concerns as to the future practical application” of the rules.

The rules must remain a “living document”, which are revised based on new information, the court added.

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