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South Africa to appeal Semenya ruling: sports ministry

AFP  |  Johannesburg 

on Monday said it would lodge an appeal after Olympic champion lost her case challenging new rules forcing female athletes to regulate their levels.

Semenya's case has provoked a furious debate across sport worldwide about gender and "hyperandrogenic" athletes, those with "differences of sexual development" (DSD).

The decision on May 1 by the (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, means female athletes with elevated will have to take suppressive treatment if they wish to compete as women in certain events.

"We'll file the appeal as soon as we possibly can," Vuyo Mhaga, for the South African sport and recreation ministry, told AFP.

"We feel that the scientific information that has been brought has been completely ignored."

Mhaga said the appeal, to be lodged at the Federal Tribunal, would be based on complaints over the judges' past record on similar cases, lack of clarity over how the ruling could be implemented and how the evidence was handled.

"It is not explained how the IAAF (the of Athletics Federations) is going to administer those regulations," he said.

"We feel that the scientific information that has been brought has been actually completely ignored and we've got a belief that a different court will arrive at a different determination.

"Everything is being done through . they were the ones who were the applicants.

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 17:01 IST
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