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Caster Semenya can temporarily compete without medication, Swiss court rules

Caster Semenya will be allowed to run in races of all distances without taking testosterone-reducing medication until at least June 25, a Swiss court has ruled. Semenya, 28, is appealing an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision that required her to take medication to suppress her hormone levels for races between 400m and a mile, according to her lawyer. As part of her appeal, her legal team asked for a suspension of the IAAF ruling while they appeal it. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court granted this request and has...
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India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand surprised by support after coming out

Dutee Chand, India’s first openly gay sportsperson, has revealed that she’s been surprised by the support she’s received since coming out – and that she has only just learned who Ellen DeGeneres is. Dutee Chand, 23, won two silver medals at the Asian Games in 2018 and is the 100-metre record holder. Chand came out nine days ago on May 21, telling the Indian Express that she was in a same-sex relationship with her “soulmate.” Chand’s decision to go public was partly driven by her older sister’s threat to out...
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Caster Semenya’s Impossible Situation: Testosterone Gets Special Scrutiny But Doesn’t Necessarily Make Her Faster

A yearslong saga between a middle-distance runner and her sport’s ruling body may be nearing something that resembles a conclusion. In 2018, the International Association of Athletics Federations dictated that female runners with naturally occurring high testosterone levels and specific “differences of sex development” must lower their testosterone in order to compete in events ranging from 400 meters to one mile. Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya challenged the 2018 policy. It was discriminatory, she argued, lacked scientific grounding and did “irreparable harm to affected female athletes.” But on May 1,...
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