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Paula Radcliffe: Caster Semenya ruling could bring ‘death of women’s sport’


Paula Radcliffe has said that a court ruling involving Caster Semenya could hand intersex and transgender athletes an unfair advantage, and ultimately bring about the end of women’s sport.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will soon rule on a case bought forward by Semenya, the South African Olympic gold medallist.

She is challenging proposed new International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rules which would limit testosterone levels in intersex and female athletes with a so-called difference of sexual development (DSD).

Under the regulations Semenya, who has naturally high testosterone levels, would be required to undergo hormone therapy for at least six months before any competition.

The UN has condemned such treatment as an “unnecessary, humiliating and harmful medical procedure.”

Radcliffe has claimed that should Semenya’s appeal be successful, coaches could begin seeking out women with similarly high testosterone levels.

“It would be naive to think if this rule didn’t go through that there aren’t some people out there, managers or federations, who would actively seek out girls with this condition and say: ‘Right, you are going to do this sport and this event so that we can win,’” she told Sky News on Thursday (April 18).

Radcliffe claims rules could give trans women advantage

The former marathon runner also questioned whether transgender women could be handed an unfair advantage.

“Will it open the door up there to transgender athletes actually being able to say: ‘We don’t need to bring our testosterone levels down either, we don’t need to have any surgery, we can just identify how we feel and we can come in and compete in women’s sport?’” she said.

“That would be the death of women’s sport.”

“That would be the death of women’s sport.”

—Paula Radcliffe

The proposed rules have no direct bearing on transgender athletes.

The post Paula Radcliffe: Caster Semenya ruling could bring ‘death of women’s sport’ appeared first on PinkNews.


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