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3 May 2019
2:41 pm

Sasog in full support of Semenya as she is set to run in Diamond League


The organisation agrees that targeting athletes with difference in sexual development is discriminatory.

FILE PHOTO: Athletics - Diamond League - Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich, Switzerland - August 30, 2018 Caster Semenya of South Africa before the Women's 800m. Picture: REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann / File Photo

Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya, according to reports, is set to race in the 800 metres in Friday’s Doha Diamond League, after losing her legal battle against the new IAAF gender rules.

ENCA on Friday reported that this comes after Semenya made a late entry on Thursday morning according to organisers.

The South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Sasog) on Friday, in support of Semenya, said it was disappointed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) who rejected Caster Semenya’s challenge against IAAF rules forcing her to lower her testosterone levels in order to compete internationally.

Sasog said it agreed with the three-judge panel who ruled that targeting athletes with difference in sexual development was discriminatory but does not agree such discrimination was “necessary or reasonable”.

“The scientific evidence regarding the advantage associated with certain levels of testosterone levels in the selected track events is questionable. Like the United Nations, Sasog believes that the ruling by the IAAF is unnecessary, humiliating, and harmful,” Sasog said.

“Segregation of competitors into those deemed to be excluded on the basis of some inherent characteristic is unfair because it excludes certain human beings from a field of human endeavour simply on the basis of a biological lottery. This is discriminating and is inconsistent with the South African constitution.”

Sasog said it was also concerned with the “forced medical management of athletes as a pre-requisite for participation in certain track events”.

Sasog executive committee spokesperson, Prof Priya Soma-Pillay, said: “Caster Mokgadi Semenya is a South African icon. We admire her resilience, determination, and hard work which have made her a true winner. Sasog stands by our golden girl. We are confident that she will once again rise above and continue to inspire women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.”

– African News Agency

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