Sports minister will go to Switzerland to back Caster Semenya

Sports minister will go to Switzerland to back Caster Semenya

- SA's sports minister will attend Caster Semenya's court appearnace

- This is part of a demonstration of support for Semenya from goverment

- Semenya is opposing a rules change that would require her to lower her testosterone levels in order to compete

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South African Sports Minister, Tokozile Xasa, has said that she will travel to Switzerland to support Caster Semenya.

This comes as Semenya is set to appear before the Court of Arbitration for Sport to challenge a rules change which would limit the testosterone levels permitted in women's athletics.

Semenya's appeal has received both support and criticism from around the globe.

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Xasa will be attending the ruling to support Semenya, and to communicate that Cyril Ramaphosa and his government are on her side. The ANC has also published a press statement expressing support for the athlete. 

The rules changed proposed by International Association of Athletics Federations is intended to create a "level playing field" for female athletes, according to the body.

If it is implemented, it would require Semenya, a two time Olympic gold medallist and three time world champion, to lower her testosterone lowers in order to compete.

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Several South African government officials have condemned the rules proposal, however. Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Bathabile Dlamini, has called the move "sexist" and an attempt by the IAAF to define the "archetype of the female athlete". 

The ANC's public statement on the issue also called the proposal "dehumanising" and a violation of human rights.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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