Friday, 22 Feb 2019

Caster Semenya: IAAF denies it wants to classify athlete as biological male

• Case to be heard at the court of arbitration for sport next week
• ‘IAAF has not said DSD athletes should be classified as male’

The IAAF has emphatically rejected a report that it wants the women’s Olympic 800m champion, Caster Semenya, to be classified as a biological male when her landmark case is heard next week.

Athletics’ governing body told the Guardian it was not classifying any athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs) as male, “accepted their legal sex without question” and would allow all of them to continue to compete in the female category. However, it wants the court of arbitration for sport to rule that DSD athletes such as Semenya, who was born with testes, must have their testosterone reduced to female levels before they compete internationally in order to ensure fairness with other women.

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