‘We are disappointed with the judgement’ -Minister for Sports, Tokozile Xasa speaks in defence of Caster Semenya

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South Africa’s sports Minister, Tokozile Xasa says her government will continue to fight against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rules forcing female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels.

This comes after Caster Semenya lost her challenge against the IAAF testosterone rules after the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruled against the South African runner‚ prompting Xasa’s response.

The double Olympic champion was fighting measures imposed by the IAAF that seek to force “hyperandrogenic” athletes or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) to lower their testosterone levels if they wish to compete as women.

“Naturally we are disappointed with the judgement. However‚ we have directed Athletics South Africa (ASA) to request a copy of the full judgement “We will study the judgement‚ consider it and determine a way-forward.

“As the South African government we have always maintained that these regulations trample on the human rights and dignity of Caster Semenya and other women athletes. We will comment further after studying the full judgement” Xasa said after the CAS verdict was announced.

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