Athletics SA (ASA) has assembled a team of predominantly local legal and medical experts to challenge the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)’s case to impose its regulations relating to the eligibility of females athletes with higher than normal testosterone levels to compete in international events.
The experts are Australian former 800m runner Madeleine Pape, sports scientist professor Ross Tucker, professor Wayne Derman, Dr Jeroen Swart, professor Carl Lombard, Dr Ariane Spitaels, professor Mark Engel, professor Joel Dave, and professor Marc Blockman.
With Caster Semenya’s historic appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport starting yesterday, I wanted to share a piece I wrote for SBS Zela in Australia during the Rio Olympic Games to remind us all that a change of heart is possible #CasterSemenya https://t.co/P6gyrzaKLG
— Madeleine Pape (@Madeleine_Pape) February 19, 2019
“While the apparent main target of the regulations, Caster Semenya, is represented in her personal capacity by her own team of experts, ASA has taken up the challenge on behalf of all affected female athletes worldwide, both current and in future as we believe that the regulations predominantly target African athletes,” said ASA in a statement.
“Athletics South Africa is extremely concerned about the basis upon which the regulations have been formulated by the IAAF and will argue that the DSD Regulations:
– Discriminate against certain female athletes on the basis of (a) natural physical characteristics; and/or (b) sex;
– In their implementation will constitute an infringement of the right of the affected female athletes to human dignity, an inviolable human right which may not be derogated from at any time or infringed upon;
– Are disproportionate in the context of the fact that they discriminate on the basis of a natural physical characteristic and/or sex, violate fundamental human rights of affected athletes, the harm they cause to female athletes and are not required to protect any rights of non-affected athletes.
– Their implementation will constitute an infringement of the right of the affected female athletes to private life, which includes the right to the protection of a person’s moral and psychological integrity, as well as the right to choose, or to exercise personal autonomy. These are inviolable human rights which may not be derogated from at any time or infringed upon in any way and must be defended at all times.”
Support from fans
People have expressed their support of Semenya on social media:
— 🔅Sonni🔅 (@TimaW6) February 19, 2019
— Anel (@anelmartin) February 19, 2019
— Junia #BlackEveryDay (@juniamafia) February 18, 2019
— Forex Africa (@LwandoMjekula) February 15, 2019
– African News Agency
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