Semenya hearing ends, decision in ‘pivotal’ case late March
The Associated Press02/22/19, 12:35
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says a week-long hearing for South African athlete Caster Semenya’s appeal against hormone regulations proposed by the international track and field body ended Friday. A decision in the “pivotal” case is expected in late March.
The Swiss-based court says the hearing ended with Semenya, the two-time Olympic 800-meter champion, having the “last word.”
IAAF president Sebastian Coe also spoke at the hearing, which has repercussions for the future of sport and how athletes with differences in sexual development are treated.
The IAAF wants Semenya and other female athletes with what it calls abnormally high natural levels of testosterone to lower those levels through medication to be eligible to compete in top events like the world championships and the Olympics in distances from 400 meters to the mile.
The regulations were due to be implemented in November last year but were suspended pending Semenya’s appeal to sport’s highest court.
CAS says the hearing “was conducted in a cordial and respectful atmosphere” despite the emotive issue and the decade-long battle between Semenya and the IAAF.
Semenya’s lawyers said at the outset of the hearing that the proposed regulations would discriminate against the runner for what was a “genetic gift.”
CAS says the decision will be announced “on or before March 26.”