IAAF lauds Swiss Court's ruling to bar South Africa's Caster Semenya from World Athletics Championships in Doha

  • Two-time Olympic champion Semenya can no longer compete in events between the 400m and mile, as she did in June and July

  • A judge at the Swiss Federal Tribunal revoked a temporary suspension on the IAAF's controversial testosterone-curbing rules

  • The IAAF said it welcomes the Swiss Federal Tribunal's decision to revoke its earlier Super-Provisional Order after hearing the IAAF's arguments

Paris: A Swiss court ruling that means South African Caster Semenya will be unable to defend her world 800-metres title in Doha creates much-needed "parity and clarity," the world athletics' governing body said on Wednesday.

 IAAF lauds Swiss Courts ruling to bar South Africas Caster Semenya from World Athletics Championships in Doha

File image of Caster Semenya. AP

A judge at the Swiss Federal Tribunal on Monday revoked a temporary suspension on the IAAF's controversial testosterone-curbing rules, meaning two-time Olympic champion Semenya can no longer compete in events between the 400m and mile, as she did in June and July.

"The IAAF welcomes the Swiss Federal Tribunal's decision today to revoke its Super-Provisional Order of 31 May 2019 after hearing the IAAF's arguments," the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said after the judge's ruling was made public on Wednesday.

"This decision creates much-needed parity and clarity for all athletes as they prepare for the World Championships in Doha this September."

The IAAF added that it would maintain its position in the remainder of proceedings at the Swiss court that "there are some contexts, sport being one of them, where biology has to trump gender identity, which is why the IAAF believes (and the CAS agreed) that the DSD (differences of sexual development) regulations are a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of protecting fair and meaningful competition in elite female athletics"

 

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Updated Date: Jul 31, 2019 16:42:45 IST