South Africa runner Caster Semenya will need to wait until April to learn the fate of the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the IAAF.
Semenya and Athletics South Africa are challenging a proposal by the IAAF to limit testosterone levels in female athletes running between 400 metres and a mile.
The Olympic Gold medallist is affected by the medical condition hyperandrogenism also known as androgen excess, characterized by excessive levels of androgens (male sex hormones such as testosterone).
The Court of Arbitration for Sport had scheduled the final decision for 26 March, six months ahead of this year’s IAAF World Championships in Doha.
An agreement has been made to postpone the ruling until the end of April after “additional submissions and materials” from both parties.
In a statement released on Thursday, CAS said: “The arbitration proceedings at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) involving the South African athlete Caster Semenya, Athletics South Africa (ASA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) (collectively, the parties) continue.
“The CAS had initially announced that the final decision would be communicated on 26 March 2019, i.e. 6 months prior to the World Championships in Doha. Since the hearing held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 18 to 22 February 2019, the parties have filed additional submissions and materials and agreed to postpone the issuance of the CAS award until the end of April 2019. No specific date has been set yet.
“The arbitration procedures concern the “IAAF Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification (Athletes with Differences of Sex Development)” that were due to come into effect on 1 November 2018 and which are currently suspended, pending the outcome of the CAS procedures.”
The IAAF’s testosterone limits were due to come into effect in November last year, but have been suspended pending the outcome of the
Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing.
Semenya has run once this year to date, taking first place in the 800 m at the AGN League 3 meeting in Pretoria on 9 February.
Leading academics have slammed the IAAF for their proposed measures which could include genital inspections.
Semenya won Olympic Gold in 2012 and 2016 but has had a longstanding quarrel with the IAAF who feel that her hyperandrogenism gives her an unfair advantage.
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