"Good governance is a matter of unemotional decision making that advantages no particular side, rather elevates the general welfare. As such, just like the exploration to uncover a better competitive mousetrap never ends, so must the sport’s governors continue to maintain a competitive balance where the medal or prize money distinctions are to be found in the common human condition, not in their equipment, or pharmacological advantages much less choices."
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 current situation with hyperandrogenic athletes isn't Semenya's fault, but the truth is there are a lot of very intelligent "non-idiots" who don't think she should be competing against women without hormone treatment.
“I don’t have time for idiots. I don’t have time for people who don’t care about me.”
He argues to let Semenya compete against women as a result.
She also says the country of India is behind her.
"Dutee also does not believe that this (research) paper satisfies the high bar that was set for the IAAF by CAS,"
"If I were a betting man, I’d say that CAS will dismiss their appeal and that the status quo will remain, much as I wish it would change," says Tucker who points out that CAS is looking for proof that tesosterone is responsible for the entire 10-12% male/female difference in performance not the 4% that Semenya has improved since going off hormone therapy.
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.