The United Nations (UN) is throwing its weight behind Caster Semenya in her fight against new rules planned by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
The UN’s Human’s Rights Special Procedures body, consisting of independent lawyers, ethics specialists, medical experts and specialists, who look into issues such as inhumane and degrading treatment, have concluded that the stance taken by the IAAF is unfair and discriminatory to athletes who have Semenya’s natural condition of a high level of testosterone.
Semenya and a high-level South African team are fighting proposed new IAAF rules that would limit the testosterone levels in certain women athletes.
The IAAF has released a media statement on Monday morning, giving details of their argument, and a list of their expert witnesses. This has already earned the ire of Athletics South Africa (ASA), who argued that this contravened the confidentiality agreement over the proceedings.
The panel has given ASA and Semenya permission to release a statement of their own, so the public can be aware of both sides of the argument.
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