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Sports rules are man-made. It's about time we change them, says opinionista

27 March 2019 5:44 PM
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Caster Semenya
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Opinionista Lea Clerets says it's time to rethink the rules of sport and offers some examples of what inclusive competing can be.

The Caster Semenya case shows just how urgently sports bodies need to change their mindset and man-made rules, says opinionista Lea Clerets.

Semenya is awaiting a court verdict on her appeal against an IAAF regulation that wants to reduce her natural testosterone levels.

Clerets, the CEO of Leadership Trust, wrote a thoughtful opinion piece about the battle for the Daily Maverick.

She lambastes the IAAF and says it's time that sports bodies adapt the rules to fit the complexity of human nature.

Clerets says that officials should increase the number of competing categories and scrap the gender binary of men and women only.

Alternatively, she says they need to expand the inclusion criteria for the existing categories to cater for different human bodies.

Nature is a lot more complex than the boxes we want it to fit into.

Lea Clerets, CEO - Leadership Trust

One other option is to have a much deeper rethink of how sport is organised, the way we compete and what we're trying to achieve.

Lea Clerets, CEO - Leadership Trust

Are we trying to work out who runs fastest or are we looking for who the best athlete is?

Lea Clerets, CEO - Leadership Trust

Listen to the discussion on The John Maytham Show:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Sports rules are man-made. It's about time we change them, says opinionista


27 March 2019 5:44 PM
Tags:
Caster Semenya
IAAF
Sport
Testosterone
Court of Arbitration for Sport

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