Caster Semenya to challenge IAAF's rule change
World and Olympic champion Caster Semenya will challenge the International Association of Athletes Federation (IAAF) rule change on testosterone levels in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
Earlier this year, the federation introduced new laws on testosterone regulations for female athletes - which stipulate that any athlete who is determined to have a testosterone level of five nanomoles per litre or higher and is androgen-sensitive, must meet a set of criteria to compete.
In her court papers, Semenya asserts that the "regulations are discriminatory, irrational, unjustifiable, and in violation of the IAAF Constitution, the Olympic Charter, the laws of Monaco (where the IAAF is based), the laws of jurisdictions in which international competitions are held, and of universally recognised human rights."
Joanne Joseph spoke to Sports Journalist Manfred Seidler to find out if the athlete has a solid case.
I think it is a very dangerous line that she has taken, I think if she had argued the rule of law as opposed to what sounds like more of an emotive element, it is a very dangerous area to move in. We don't know what is in those court submission papers.Manfred Seidler, sports journalist
If Semenya's legal representation is going to go along the route of discrimination which is correct but it will not necessarily sort out the rule of law because if something is unethical, it is not necessarily illegal.Manfred Seidler, sports journalist
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