Athletics South Africa has expressed displeasure at comments made by IAAF president Sebastian Coe, regarding two-time Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya.
The 28-year-old is awaiting a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, following a much-publicised case that could determine whether or not she has to take testosterone-suppressing medication in order to continue competing.
Coe recently came under fire for comments made in an interview with Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, where he explained why the IAAF wanted to enforce the proposed regulations.
“The reason we have gender classification is because if you didn’t then no woman would ever win another title or another medal or break another record in our sport,” he said.
The comments triggered a reaction from Semenya’s camp, who issued out a statement criticising the Englishman.
“She (Caster Semenya) has endured herself into a symbol of strength, hope and courage. Reading comments made by Mr Coe this weekend opened those old wounds.”
ASA lash out at Coe
ASA has followed suit with a statement of its own, saying it supports the rebuke issued by Ms Semenya’s lawyers.
“We agree that the DSD Regulations are discriminatory on a number of bases including birth, sex, gender, physical appearance, and the fact that they are restricted to specific events (namely 400m to a mile).
“Ms Semenya was born, raised and has participated in athletics as a woman, and identifies as a woman. The Regulations attempt to classify her and other female DSDs as “biologically male” or as having a male “sports’ sex”. The Regulations are nothing other than a further attempt (like other scientifically discredited attempts in the past) at so-called gender verification testing.
The verdict is expected to be heard at the end of April.