SPORTS DAY: Caster’s battle is huge for sport as a whole
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Semenya v IAAF a groundbreaking gender test case
Caster Semenya’s battle with world athletics’ governing body over testosterone-curbing regulations for female athletes will probably have long-lasting ramifications for gender definition in sport as a whole. The two-time Olympic 800m gold medallist is locked in a bitter dispute with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and both parties are awaiting a ruling from Switzerland’s supreme court on Semenya’s appeal against the regulations. “Does the IAAF have the legitimacy to define the sex of somebody, to question that person’s civil state?” asks anthropologist Philippe Liotard, an expert in discrimination in sport. “This ruling is judging the identity of that person.” ..