Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters
20 June 2018
Gender Commission fully behind Caster Semenya
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has learnt with dismay that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has decided to amend its regulations once again in November 2018. The new regulations would require female athletes to maintain testosterone levels to below 5 nanomoles per litre for a continuous period of at least six months. This evidently brings a spotlight to athletes like Caster Semenya who are known produce high levels of testosterone arguing that it gives them unfair advantage over other competitors.
The Commission for Gender Equality believes the new regulations are discriminatory against athletes falling into category. The CGE calls upon UN Women, Department of Sports and Recreation, Athletics South Africa (ASA) South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to offer their support to Caster Semenya as the Commission believes the IAAF new regulations are discriminatory against like Caster. It cannot be that female athletes that produce 5 percent of nanomoles are subjected to this unjust and unfair regulations contrary to many conventions and protocols that are there to protect and promote unfair treatment of female athletes/women from abuse and discrimination.
The Commission wishes to reiterate its support for the legal challenge launched by Caster Semenya with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland against the new regulations in order to ensure that the rights of all women are safeguarded and protected. We are also making a clarion call to like-minded institutions to unequivocally raise their voices in support of Caster Semenya. The CGE agrees with Caster Semenya’ submission to CAS that IAAF must set aside the new regulations even before it gets to implemented pending the finalisation of her legal challenge.
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 20 June 2018
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306