Special thanks to Peter J. Thompson on this one.
A fine, long read on the long, complicated, battle between Caster Semenya vs. IAAF and the CAS decision. Ms. Lambelet Coleman, a former member of Athletics West, puts the issue in the perspective needed. She does not make light of Ms. Semenya’s situation, but does put the situation in light of female athletics and the battles waged against women’s athletics.
An important read.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this week upheld the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulations governing eligibility for the women’s category in international elite athletics competition. In effect, CAS decided the question “who is a woman” for purposes of elite sport. And it ratified the IAAF’s preferred answer: A woman in sport is anyone whose legal identity is female–whether they personally identify as such or not–and who has testosterone (T) levels in the female range. That may seem like a mere technical ruling. But as I’ll explain in this article, the ramifications are profound for female athletics everywhere–a cause that has been central to my life and to the lives of millions of girls and women worldwide.
To read whole story: https://quillette.com/2019/05/03/a-victory-for-female-athletes-everywhere/