SA lawyer Steven Cornelius sends damning resignation letter to IAAF
South African law professor Steve Cornelius resigned from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) disciplinary tribunal following the announcement of the new laws on female testosterone regulations.
He had served on the disciplinary tribunal.
Professor Cornelius told Azania Mosaka on 702 that it was not an easy decision to make.
When I realised they were embarking on these regulations I started to contemplate what my reaction would be if indeed they are published. So I think by the time they published the regulations I had probably made up my mind and I was waiting to see the exact content.Prof Steven Cornelius, Department of Private Law and Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Law
So today we tell Caster Semenya, your testosterone is too high you are not allowed to run. Tomorrow we tell someone you are too tall to do the high jump...where does this end? And that for me is a big problem.Prof Steven Cornelius, Department of Private Law and Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Law
Social media applauded the professor for taking what they call a bold step.
Appointed few months ago to IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal, Prof Cornelius has resigned with immediate effect, saying he can't be party to body that "insists on ostracising certain individuals, all of them female, for no other reason than being what they were born to be” ✊🏽👏🏽— Moloto Mothapo (@MolotoMothapo) April 30, 2018
Prof Steve Cornelius deserves an almighty applause for resigning from the IAAF disciplinary tribunal. His courageous gesture solidly boosts the fight against IAAF's irrationality and naked sexism. As for Caster Semenya, she must be commended for handling the matter with maturity— Letlapa Mphahlele (@LetlapaMphahlel) May 1, 2018
It is sad that the IAAF is using flawed science to justify this new regulation and I feel sorry for Steve Cornelius for being placed in this invidious position but wholly support his principled stance— Richard Holt (@RichardIGHolt) May 1, 2018
Listen to the full interview below