SPORTS DAY: Doctors warned not to enforce Caster drug rule
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WMA warns doctors not to enforce Semenya rules
The World Medical Association has urged doctors not to enforce controversial new IAAF gender rules for classifying female athletes, warning that attempts to do so would breach ethical codes. It follows runner Caster Semenya losing her court challenge against the International Association of Athletic Federations over plans to force some women to regulate their testosterone levels. The decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport means female athletes with elevated testosterone will have to take suppressive treatment if they wish to compete as women in certain events. World Medical Association chairman Frank Ulrich Montgomery told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “We do think it is extremely serious if international sports regulations demand physicians to prescribe medication – hormonally active medication – for athletes in order to reduce normal conditions in their body.”
Liverpool turn to Rodgers to halt Man City
Manchester City must overhaul Liverpool once more in a titanic Premier League title race when Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers attempts to help out his old club at the Etihad on Monday. The destiny of the title remains in City’s hands as Pep Guardiola’s men have two games to play to Liverpool’s one. But the Reds refuse to give up on a first league title in 29 years as Divock Origi’s late winner in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Newcastle on Saturday sent them two points ahead at the top of the table once more. Rodgers came closer to ending that drought than any other Liverpool boss over the past three decades as his side fell just two points short of City in 2013/14. And in just over two months in charge, the Northern Irishman has rejuvenated the Foxes to give Leicester an outside chance of European football next season if they win their final two games of the season.
White House honour for politics-shy Woods
During his illustrious career, Tiger Woods has treated politics as he would a menacing sandtrap – avoiding it if at all possible. He has hit the links in bipartisan fashion, teeing off with Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and Republicans George HW Bush and Donald Trump. A black superstar in a white-dominated sport, Woods has also generally avoided commenting about race relations in the US. But on Monday, Woods will find himself on the biggest political stage there is – the White House. And he will be the guest of honour of a president seen by many Americans as racially polarising. Trump, an avid golfer and the owner of several golf courses, is to present the 43-year-old with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour.
Mosimane gracious in defeat after Downs’ heartbreak
Mamelodi Sundowns and their fans may have suffered huge heartbreak after their loss to Wydad Casablanca at a packed Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville at the weekend, but coach Pitso Mosimane was humble and gracious in defeat. Mosimane lavished praise on his conquers and said Sundowns lost to a better and more experienced team after the 2-1 aggregate defeat to the Moroccans in the semifinal stage of the Caf Champions League. The coach‚ who was bidding for a second Champions League final appearance in four years‚ said the result was a bitter pill to swallow, but added that his players did their best after playing in their 46th match of the season in all competitions.
Folau rejects settlement over ‘anti-gay’ posts: report
Israel Folau rejected a lucrative settlement to end his contract row with Rugby Australia over homophobic comments, a report said on Sunday as his high-stakes code of conduct hearing entered a second day. The devoutly religious fullback instead opted to fight a decision by the governing body to terminate his multiyear, multimillion-dollar deal after he posted on social media that “hell awaits” gay people, following a similar tirade in 2019. Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph said an A$1m offer was made to him last week in a bid to avoid the tribunal, which experts have warned could lead to appeals and potentially a long and costly court battle. The offer equated to just one year of his four-year contract.
Marquez goes top after win in SpainMotoGP champion Marc Marquez returned to the top of the standings by a single point on Sunday after running away with his home Spanish Grand Prix. The Honda rider led from the first corner to chequered flag at the Jerez circuit, heading a Spanish one-two-three with Suzuki’s Alex Rins 1.654 seconds behind as runner-up and Maverick Vinales third for Yamaha. Marquez, who crashed out at the previous round in Texas, now has 70 points after his second win of the campaign. Rins is on 69, with Italian Andrea Dovizioso dropping from the overall lead to third on 67 after finishing fourth on his works Ducati. Italian Valentino Rossi took sixth place after starting 13th for Yamaha. The 40-year-old great tumbled from second to fourth in the championship on 61 points after four rounds of the season.ATHLETICSMcColgan calls for new categories amid Semenya rowFormer 10,000m world champion Liz McColgan has said there should be separate events for athletes with differences of sex development (DSD) and for transgender competitors, after Caster Semenya lost a challenge against the International Association of Athletic Federations over plans to force some women to regulate their testosterone levels. McColgan, whose daughter Eilish has run against Semenya, expressed sympathy but backed the verdict as a necessary ruling to protect the integrity of women’s sport. But the Scot also suggested on Sunday that one way forward would be to create new categories for some non-binary genders. She also echoed World Medical Association concerns over Semenya being required to take drugs to continue running.TENNISFederer having fun on Madrid dirtRoger Federer says he doesn’t have high expectations entering his first clay-court season since 2016 but has enjoyed practising on the red dirt ahead of this week’s Madrid Open. Seeded four in the Spanish capital, Federer is making his first appearance at the Caja Magica since 2015. The 37-year-old Swiss opted out of the clay swing the past two seasons but announced in January that he was ready to make a return to the surface in 2019. He has a bye in the first round and will open his campaign on Tuesday night against either Richard Gasquet or Spanish teenage wildcard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. – AFP, Reuters and TimesLIVE