From Inside the Games

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced the verdict in the landmark case between Caster Semenya and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will be published on Wednesday (May 1).

CAS has been deliberating on what it has labelled one of the most “pivotal” cases in its history.

A verdict had initially been expected to be published on March 26 after five days of hearings in Lausanne during February.

The decision was then pushed back until the end of April.

Semenya, a double Olympic and triple world champion over 800 metres, is challenging the IAAF which is hoping to bring in new rules on female participation.

The IAAF claims the South African and other female runners with high testosterone levels, who compete between 400m and the mile, must either take medication or compete against men.

According to the IAAF, this is to create a level playing field but the 28-year-old Semenya and others have argued the testosterone in her body is naturally occurring and so to ban her would be unfair.

In October, the IAAF delayed the implementation of their new rules until the proceedings had concluded.

Semenya is by far the most high-profile athlete who the rules would impact, should they be introduced.

The case has provided heated debate, with Athletics South Africa and the United Nations Human Rights Council have both publicly criticised the IAAF.

The former had accused the IAAF of breaking rules related to the case earlier this month.

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