IAAF, ASA fail to end female classification impasse

FILE PHOTO: Athletics - Diamond League - Doha - Qatar Sports Club, Doha, Qatar - May 4, 2018 South Africa's Caster Semenya celebrates after winning the women's 1500m REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari/File Photo

LONDON- The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe said the federation will not take a softer position on their new regulations for female classification and they are ready to defend it in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Coe’s comments come after the IAAF meeting with Athletics South Africa (ASA) president Aleck Skhosana on Tuesday, where Skhosana raised concerns from ASA has over the new ruling.

Skhosana said in a media statement from the IAAF on Wednesday, “We will support our athletes on the grounds that the regulations discriminate against certain female athletes on the basis of natural physical characteristics and/or sex,”

However Coe said they will not be easing the regulations which are set to be introduced from the November 1st, he said, “We need to create competition categories within our sport that ensures that success is determined by talent, dedication and hard work, rather than by other factors that are not considered fair or meaningful, such as the enormous physical advantages that an adult has over a child, or a male athlete has over a female athlete,”

“We therefore need to come up with a fair solution for intersex/DSD (differences of sexual development) athletes wishing to compete in the female category, which is what the new regulations set out to do, based on the evidence the IAAF has gathered about the degree of performance benefit that such intersex/DSD athletes get from their higher levels of circulating testosterone.”

South African double Olympic and triple world 800 metres champion Caster Semenya has separately appealed to CAS to have the new regulations that limit the levels of naturally-occurring testosterone in female athletes put aside.

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