ASA to appeal CAS decision on Semenya

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Athetics South Africa (ASA) is going to appeal the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) decision in the Caster Semenya case.

The CAS ruled on the side of the IAAF two weeks ago, allowing the athletics’ world governing body to implement new rules with regards to testosterone levels in women running between 400 and 1500 metres.

Those rules came into effect last Wednesday, just four days after Semenya won the 800 metre race at a Diamond League race, possibly the last international 800 metre race she will be allowed to compete in.

The CAS ruling was a majority decision and the statement acknowledged that the rules were fundamentally discriminatory against the women affected by it.

ASA’s final hope of overturning the decision now is to turn to the Swiss Federal Court, which has final jurisdiction over the CAS ruling.

In the appeal, ASA have asked for recusal of two of the arbitrators who they feel are conflicted and also claim the conclusion cannot be justified on the strength of medical evidence and that the rules cannot be ethically implemented.

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