By Ayodele Ayelomi
Caster Semenya of South Africa has lost her case against International Association of Atletics Federations (IAAF), the athletics’ governing body, at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
The landmark case was to challenge the IAAF rule that requires that she must have to take medication to reduce her testosterone if she wants to keep running on the international stage.
The surprise decision, which was announced by CAS after three judges had spent more than two months deliberating over the complex and highly contentious case, came even though the court agreed that the IAAF’s policy was discriminatory to athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs) such as Semenya.
CAS, in a statement, said Semenya’s team had been unable to prove the IAAF’s policy was “invalid”. Instead it ruled that its policy was in fact “necessary, reasonable and proportionate” to ensure fair competition for females.
“The panel found that the DSD Regulations are discriminatory but that, on the basis of the evidence submitted by the parties, such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the Restricted Events.” (AFP)