Caster Semenya backed by government with funding of R25m for defence

Caster Semenya backed by government with funding of R25m for defence

- The IAAF has insisted that DSD (differences of sexual development) athletes should only be allowed to compete if they reduce their testosterone levels to those of females

- The South African government is supporting Caster Semenya’s appeal against the matter to the tune of R25-million

- A panel of legal and medical experts has been created for the court battle, which commences in Switzerland on Monday

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Briefly.co.za reported on the IAAF's (International Association of Athletics Federations) new stance that athletes with “differences of sexual development" (DSD) have an unfair advantage due to increased testosterone levels.

As a result, they have pushed for DSD athletes, such as Caster Semenya, to take testosterone suppressants to reduce the level of testosterone to those of other females.

The new ruling has raised eyebrows and the South African government has pledged to support Semenya as she fights the decision.

Briefly.co.za understands that government has set aside an estimated R25-million for Semenya’s defence.

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The funds are being used to set up an elite panel of medical and legal experts as the case commences on Monday in Zurich, Switzerland.

SowetanLIVE reported that Minister of Sport, Tokozile Xasa, is confident of success at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Xasa said, “The case‚ which starts on Monday‚ needed resourcing but we have a full team there to put the case together.”

Alec Moemi, Director-General of Sport and Recreation South Africa, justified the huge outlay following potential concerns from the public.

Moemi said, “We are really at the centre of this but in terms of actual figures I will not be able to give you those from the top of my head.

“But I can assure you that it is a worthy fight that is being fought. As you know‚ many people are afraid to touch US citizens because they know if you do that their government is coming for you and it is the same in this case.”

READ ALSO: IAAF hits back at claims to class Caster Semenya as biological male

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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