CAS Delays Semenya Decision Until Late April

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Thursday that they will push back a ruling in the case involving Caster Semenya until late April. 

A decision on whether the IAAF could go forward with new guidelines that stipulated the maximum amount of natural testosterone in female athletes was previously scheduled for March 26th. The regulation, in place for events from 400 meters to the mile, was challenged by Semenya after they were announced in November of 2018.  

In pushing back against the decision, CAS cited “additional submissions and materials” from both Semenya and the IAAF.  

An exact date was not given for the ruling in April, though the later date complicates plans for affected athletes who wish to compete at the World Championships in late September. If the regulations are upheld, athletes would have to sit out for a six-month “suppression period,” to allow their testosterone to fall into the accepted range. 

A ruling delivered in late April means that athletes would miss the World Championships, though the IAAF has allowed athletes to initiate their suppression period prior to an official ruling. 

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