South Africa’s sports ministry will appeal against the Caster Semenya ruling

by May 14th, 2019

South Africa’s sports ministry says the country’s track Federation will appeal against the Caster Semenya ruling that set testosterone limits for female athletes.

The South African Government ministry said two of the three judges who heard the case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) were “conflicted,” facts were ignored and track and field’s governing body was given “unfettered latitude” to do as it pleases.

Athletics South Africa (ASA), the governing body of track and field in the country, was one of two parties alongside Semenya to take the IAAF to court to challenge its testosterone regulations in female competitions.

The IAAF won the case and last week rules came into effect requiring the Olympic 800-meter champion from South Africa and other female athletes with “differences of sex development” conditions and high levels of natural testosterone to medically lower them to be eligible to compete in events from 400 meters to one mile.

Athletics South Africa declined to comment on any appeal and Semenya’s lawyers have also not confirmed any appeal.

Key points:

  • South Africa’s sport ministry says two of the three judges who heard Caster Semenya’s case were “conflicted”
  • Semenya took the IAAF to court, challenging its testosterone regulations in female athletics competitions
  • IAAF won the case with a 2-1 majority ruling of the three-judge panel

The South African Government ministry said two of the three judges who heard the case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) were “conflicted,” facts were ignored and track and field’s governing body was given “unfettered latitude” to do as it pleases.

The IAAF won the case and last week rules came into effect requiring the Olympic 800-meter champion from South Africa and other female athletes with “differences of sex development” conditions and high levels of natural testosterone to medically lower them to be eligible to compete in events from 400 meters to one mile.