Sports minister instructs ASA to appeal CAS ruling on Caster Semenya

Athletics South Africa (ASA) will appeal a judgment of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholding the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF’s) regulations which will force female athletes with higher testosterone levels to take suppressants to compete.

Minister of Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa confirmed the news on Monday, saying the ASA will lodge its papers within the prescribed and stipulated period.

ASA, alongside Caster Semenya, lost her case challenging new rules forcing female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels.

Ministry of Sports spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga says the appeal is on three grounds, including the recusal of two of the arbitrators who ASA felt were conflicted since they had handled the similar case of Indian sprinter Dutee Chand in 2015.

We believe that if they can be set aside, different people can have a look at it.

Vuyo Mhaga, Ministry of Sport spokesperson

The second part of it is that we believe that the body of evidence we presented was not necessarily taken into consideration.

Vuyo Mhaga, Ministry of Sport spokesperson

The third part is the actual implementation of this judgment. It is not quite clear how IAAF is going to administer this judgment to make it effective.

Vuyo Mhaga, Ministry of Sport spokesperson

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