CAS could go ei­ther way on IAAF rules

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LO­CAL and in­ter­na­tional law ex­perts gath­ered in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day in sol­i­dar­ity of Caster Se­menya’s fight against the IAAF’s new fe­male el­i­gi­bil­ity rules.

Among the in­ter­na­tional speak­ers was self-pro­claimed “an­gry lawyer” pro­fes­sor Amelia Sale­habadi-Fouques of Canada, who made an im­pas­sioned plea to le­gal ea­gles to chal­lenge the IAAF’s lead­er­ship in gen­eral.

Sale­habadi-Fouques, a sports lawyer and pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Sports Law As­so­ci­a­tion, said the IAAF should be hauled in front of the crim­i­nal court merely for en­ter­tain­ing the thought of reg­u­lat­ing women’s bod­ies.

She was among the speak­ers on the first day of a con­fer­ence ad­dress­ing women’s el­i­gi­bil­ity in sport specif­i­cally tar­get­ing the IAAF’s con­tro­ver­sial reg­u­la­tions. The IAAF in­tro­duced a new pol­icy in April that would reg­u­late women that nat­u­rally pro­duce testos­terone lev­els above five nanomoles per litre of blood.

The pol­icy is set to go into ef­fect on Novem­ber 1 and would be limited to ath­letes who com­pete in events rang­ing from the 400m to the mile.

Se­menya and the South African sports move­ment have filed a le­gal chal­lenge against the IAAF at the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS).

Law pro­fes­sor Steve Cor­nelius, who has been among the lead­ing dis­sent­ing voices against the rules, has or­gan­ised the con­fer­ence and is as­sist­ing Ath­let­ics South Africa in their le­gal chal­lenge. Cor­nelius said the pur­pose of the sum­mit was to en­sure the mat­ter stayed in the pub­lic eye ,while hop­ing to in­form peo­ple about the mer­its of the case.

“The first of Novem­ber is fast ap­proach­ing and we still have no di­rect in­di­ca­tion whether some­thing would hap­pen or if they would sus­pend the reg­u­la­tions pend­ing the out­come of the case,” Cor­nelius said.

“We felt that as a com­mu­nity work­ing in sports law, sci­ence and medicine come to­gether and dis­cuss the reg­u­la­tions. We want to bring it to the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion that the rules could go into ef­fect.”

Cor­nelius re­signed from the IAAF dis­ci­plinary tri­bunal four months af­ter he was ap­pointed.

He wrote a scathing let­ter to the ath­let­ics body’s pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe hit­ting out against the “an­ti­quated views of the ‘old’ scan­dal-hit IAAF”.

Speak­ing about the progress of the case, Cor­nelius said he be­lieved it would drag on well into the new year.

“The two le­gal teams do work to­gether and they do com­mu­ni­cate on a reg­u­lar ba­sis be­cause they have a shared goal,” Cor­nelius said.

“I give ad­vice to the le­gal team when­ever they need me for re­search. I’ve said it from the start I can make a con­tri­bu­tion through my re­search ex­per­tise. We have an ex­cel­lent le­gal team and I think the world will take note of SA’s le­gal brains and sci­en­tists.”

Cor­nelius said while there have been de­lays with the case be­fore the CAS, all par­ties were look­ing to bring the dis­pute to a close as soon as pos­si­ble. “I haven’t sense any ob­struc­tion­ism from the IAAF, I think they want to see the reg­u­la­tions in place as soon as pos­si­ble while we would like it to be set aside,” Cor­nelius said.

“We would have to wait and see what the CAS de­cides but we hope they sus­pend the reg­u­la­tions (be­fore Novem­ber 1) but at this stage, there is no in­di­ca­tion which way it would go.” WICK­ET­KEEPER-BATS­MAN Rishabh Pant could make his one-day in­ter­na­tional de­but for In­dia af­ter he was picked in their 14-man squad for the first two matches against West Indies, the

Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) said yes­ter­day.

Pant, who made 114 and 92 in his pre­vi­ous two Test ap­pear­ances, has re­placed an in­con­sis­tent Di­nesh Karthik as cover for first-choice keeper Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni.

Karthik could not con­vert starts into big scores at the Asia Cup and fin­ished with a to­tal of 146 in six matches, miss­ing the op­por­tu­nity to se­cure the num­ber four spot In­dia have been look­ing to fill ahead of the 50-over World Cup next year.

Cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli, has re­turned to the squad af­ter miss­ing the Asia Cup, but quick bowlers Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar and Jasprit Bum­rah were rested.

Af­ter prov­ing his fit­ness in Test matches against Eng­land and West Indies, fast bowler Mo­hammed Shami was added to the one-day squad to bol­ster the pace at­tack.

Fast bowlers Deepak Chahar and Sid­darth Kaul, who fea­tured in one match each at the Asia Cup, were left out while left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed kept his place in the squad.

The five-match ODI se­ries starts Guwa­hati on Oc­to­ber 21 be­fore mov­ing to Visakha­p­at­nam on Oc­to­ber 24.

In­dia lead the Test se­ries 1-0 ahead of the sec­ond and fi­nal match in Hy­der­abad, which be­gins to­day.

Full squad: Vi­rat Kohli (cap­tain), Ro­hit Sharma (vice-cap­tain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Am­bati Rayudu, Man­ish Pandey, Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni (wick­et­keeper), Rishabh Pant, Ravin­dra Jadeja, Yuzven­dra Cha­hal, Kuldeep Ya­dav, Mo­hammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur | Reuters

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