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The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s secretary general, Matthieu Reeb, announced the decision, saying that, although their panel found that the differences or disorders of sex development (DSD) regulations are discriminatory, a majority found that on the basis of the evidence submitted by the parties, the rules are ‘necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the restricted events’.
Twitter shared a number of reactions to the report.
I was sore about losing to Caster Semenya. But this decision against her is wrong https://t.co/LEQEiQLb88
— Debs (@DebsF319) May 1, 2019
Caster Semenya should not have to adjust her own natural chemical make-up in order to compete
— Jeremy Bearimy (@evduzit) May 1, 2019
Michael Phelps (28 Olympic medals) is widely reported to have the “perfect swimmer’s body”.
Usain Bolt has scoliosis (one longer leg) which is believed to provide additional lift.
— Koshiek Karan (@iamkoshiek) May 1, 2019
For years we preach against drugs in sport. Now we ask a woman to take drugs because we don’t like the type of women she is. Image how she feels being told she can no longer compete because she’s not deemed a woman. My heart goes out to #CasterSemenya https://t.co/nAn9xMvPJg
— Izzy Hickmet (@Izzy_Hickmet) May 1, 2019
— Thato Monaheng (@ThatoMonaheng3) May 1, 2019
This is significant.
We don’t put restrictions on height, aerobic capacity, metabolism or other physical variations between Olympic athletes. Why is testosterone the biological feature we measure and police? https://t.co/IoTV9zI5dA
— Sally Rugg (@sallyrugg) May 1, 2019
Sounds fair to me. I do feel sorry for Caster Semenya, but Caster has a very very rare genetic condition. Competition against women with normal testosterone levels is not fair.
— Gail Finke (@gailfinke) May 1, 2019
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