Semenya appears at CAS for crucial hearing

South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya arrives at Court of Arbitration ahead of hearing challenging IAAF move to manage testosterone levels of female athletes.

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (FEBRUARY 18, 2019) (REUTERS) – South African double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya arrived on Monday (February 18) for the start of a crucial hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The athlete is challenging a ruling of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) that would force “hyperandrogenic” female athletes, that is athletes who have a naturally high level of testosterone, to take drugs to lower this level before being allowed to compete in races from 400m to one mile.

Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass, strength and haemoglobin, which affects endurance.

According to the IAAF, hyperandrogenic athletes are de facto favoured, and they would have to lower their level to preserve fair competition.

Shortly after the hearing started, CAS Secretary-General Matthieu Reeb said the hearing was unprecedented, and raised not only juridical but ethical and philosophical questions.

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