The author tries to tackle the Semenya debate from political point of view, making it about women's rights, racism and income inequality when it really should just be about the science.
"Worryingly, the very rules designed to protect us are becoming our oppressors. ... Disturbingly, the female voices of dissent are overwhelmingly white. In contrast, those women most affected by athletics’ stance on what constitutes a female athlete are women of colour from the global south."
*The Guardian: Laura Muir Gives Everything, But Is Pipped To A Medal In 1500 Final “I don’t know. It’s fourth, isn’t it? I gave it everything I could but the last 50m I just tied up and they flew past me. I knew it was close. It happened so late in the race I couldn’t react."
*Laura Muir Refuses To Enter Caster Semenya Debate All she said was, “I’ve not got anything to say about that."
The problem is CAS requirement is far too great as they want the IAAF to prove hyperandrogenic females have an advantage as great as men, which they don't. Ross Tucker: “This should never have been an issue of men vs. women. Rather, it should be about whether women who possess a Y-chromosome, and who produce T in the male range, have an unnaturally large advantage over women who do not have those male-level T values.”
A deeper look at the IAAF's recent study shows why it probably won't be enough to convince CAS to reinstate the currently suspended hyperandrogenism rules.
The study found that female athletes with high testosterone levels can have a 1.8% to 4.5% competitive advantage. The IAAF will use this new research in their CAS case to reinstate the suspended hyperandrogenism rules.
*The Guardian: "Caster Semenya Could Be Forced To Undertake Hormone Therapy For Future Olympics" Unfortunately the regulations wouldn't be reinstated in time for 2017 Worlds.
*Joanna Harper: "Using Testosterone To Categorize Male And Female Athletes Isn't Perfect, But It's The Best Solution We Have" Harper, a gender in sport expert who has written for LRC, evaluates the new study and what it means for hyperandrogenic athletes.
A former banned intersex athlete Maria José Martínez-Patiño also supports the testosterone upper limits imposed by the IAAF. “I see this ... as someone who can see both sides — both as a scientist and someone who was affected by (gender testing). … I believe my opinion has a heavier weight.”
*The Orange County Register: "Caster Semenya's Olympic Dream A Topic Of Controversy" A lot of strong pro-Semenya words from "bioethics" and gender specialists, but the scientists are who we side with on this one.
“Then it’s no longer sport and it’s no longer an open race. Obviously there is an issue and there is an issue that needs to be understood a lot better."
She ran 1:58.20, more than 2-seconds clear of 2nd place.
*IAAF Recap: Wayde Van Niekerk Dominates 200 In 20.02 Kenya's Douglas Kipserem won the 5000 in 13:13 over SA record holder Elroy Gelant (13:15). *Results
*Seb Coe Says Semenya Shouldn't Be "Demonized" For Great Performances We agree; we blame CAS for overturning a rule that was a "workable compromise."
*Opinion Piece From Athletics Illustrated's Christopher Kelsall: "Caster Semenya Should Not Be Permitted To Compete In Rio" "It is an uncomfortable subject and seems unfair, but too bad."
That puts her #3 in the world this year only behind Caster Semenya and Francine Niyonsaba. Nicholas Kipkoech won the 800 in 1:43.85 with Pierre-Ambroise Bosse 3rd (1:44.53). France's Jimmy Vicaut equaled European 100m record with 9.96
One said, "I’m glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy in who they are, but I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100-percent fair."
*MB: Alaska boy selected for girls all-state honors
Why aren't more of Semenya's competitors speaking out?
*MB: OK girls what say you about competing against Semenya?
*MB: Womens 800 now a joke
*Rome Race Video
Mosier has a TUE to take testosterone injections every 10 days to get within the normal male range.
This was the fear two weeks ago when the US government said schools would have to allow students to compete in sports "consistent with their gender identity". Now that fear is a reality. Someone with the benefit of male biology should not be allowed to compete in female athletics; period.
*MB: Obama Issues Decree Ending Sex Segregated Sports in All Schools
Harper, who describes herself as a “scientist first, an athlete second, and a transgender person third" provides amazing insight and analysis into the controversy surrounding intersex athletes like Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand.
*MB: If you care about women's sports and the Caster Semenya situation, you MUST read this article
They don't "like her" because she has hyperandrogenism and races with an unfair advantage.
With the IAAF gender hormone rules suspended by CAS, there will be more and more negative attention on Semenya as she continues to dominate in the build-up to Rio.
Her coach says her huge comeback this year is thanks to getting healthy after a period of "battling injuries and being overweight and unfit", but many suspect her comeback has a lot more to do with last year's CAS gender controversy ruling.
Ingle talks to sports scientists Ross Tucker to explain how CAS's court decision on hyperandrogenism has ultimately "changed the nature of women's sport" ... and not for the better.
Ross Tucker: "The old rule was a workable compromise with a scientific basis. It was an attempt to manage a difficult situation and CAS have effectively removed the management. Now there’s no regulation and ultimately this changes the nature of women’s sport. ... CAS were also saying that testosterone you inject is different from testosterone your body produces, which is ridiculous because it’s the same thing.”
Now, men who want to compete as women at the 2016 Games will only need to undergo a year of hormone therapy. Previously they needed surgery and two years of therapy.