Olympic run­ner loses fight over testos­terone rules

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports -

The sports world’s high­est court ruled Wed­nes­day that Olympic gold medal­ist Caster Se­menya and other fe­male run­ners like her with un­usu­ally high testos­terone must take med­i­ca­tion to re­duce their lev­els of the male sex hor­mone if they want to com­pete in cer­tain events – a land­mark de­ci­sion with far-reach­ing ram­i­fi­ca­tions for other women’s sports.

In a 2-1 rul­ing, the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport up­held pro­posed rules is­sued by track’s gov­ern­ing body, the IAAF, which ar­gued that high, nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring lev­els of testos­terone in ath­letes like Se­menya with “in­ter­sex” char­ac­ter­is­tics that don’t con­form to stan­dard def­i­ni­tions of male and fe­male give them an un­fair com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage, and it de­creed a max­i­mum level for fe­males.

The court de­ci­sion could open the way for sim­i­lar rules in other women’s sports.


Mu­nich open: Two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Alexan­der Zverev stretched his win­ning streak at the Mu­nich Open to nine matches with a 7-5, 6-1 vic­tory over Ar­gentina’s Juan Ig­na­cio Lon­dero on Wed­nes­day.


Casil­las has heart at­tack: Veteran goal­keeper Iker Casil­las has had a heart at­tack but is out of dan­ger, Porto said Wed­nes­day. The Por­tuguese club said Casil­las fell ill dur­ing a prac­tice ses­sion and re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized.

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