Genetics, Gender and Caster Semenya
Mike and Josh explore the curious case of Caster Semenya – a South African athlete whose hyperandrogenism arguably gives her a competitive advantage in the women’s 800m. The IAAF has proposed Semenya receive ‘treatment’ in order to ‘preserve fair and meaningful competition in the female classification’. Mike wrote a short blog about this story back in 2018, and it’s since moved on to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is expected to deliver its verdict by the end of March 2019.
[Note: this podcast was recorded before the CAS verdict.]
- The CAS Hearing in the Arbitration Procedure Involving Caster Semenya, Athletics South Africa (ASA) and The International Association Of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Has Concluded – Court of Arbitration for Sport
- New IAAF testosterone rules could slow Caster Semenya by up to seven seconds – The Guardian