21 Burst results for "Caster Semenya"
"caster semenya" Discussed on The Kicker
"Does not sit caster semenya. South african runner was assigned female at birth also did not match the international olympic committee's standards for classification of of womanhood. So what's being policed. Here is a very narrow category of woman and at the same moment. Not much attention is being paid to men's sports where there are other kinds of things going on does a pressure to dope pressure to produce a certain kind of physique and so on so it's the categories of the normative that do the damage but it the classification of gay in transit. Get the attention. I'm this symmetry here that we're trying to sort through. I think say that again. So normative categories that. Do the damage right. Because has semenya is just a great running is the spotless. For the final of the women's eight hundred meters no doubt most of the attention will be on the young woman from south africa. Caster semenya this no reason to pull caster semenya out of the race and say we're going to have to do some tests on you so many running football now in front of the and sabra and bishop wambui but she's left the others in kosta semenya. What much people thought she was doing. The i eight hundred and she runs hawaii and wins at brilliantly. Other women who are losing casta semenya said i know she looks kind of like a guy does she have a lot of testosterone issue. Even a woman right and then. The olympic committee goes into recess to examine her and it takes a year and a half. Mind you to come up with the answer that she is a woman. The sports world's highest court ruled yesterday. That menu must take medication to reduce her unusually high testosterone level. If she wants to compete but she may have more testosterone than is allowed. And therefore we're going to take away some of her records track and field competition gets underway. Tomorrow at the tokyo olympics. You will not see one of the sport's brightest stars two time. Olympic gold medals caster semenya of south africa. She is the fastest woman in the world. In the eight hundred meters and under new rules megna and other female athletes who refuse to lower their naturally high testosterone levels have been barred from competing in some events so it is a completely ambiguous solution to this problem. Chabal by people who believe that gender is binary sense right and also arbitrary because they're not saying somebody else's being pulled out because their legs are longer veto to max's higher right and they may have lots of bodies have a predisposition to a particular kind of muscular energy. what don't you know these are specious argument. But they get projected onto gender because we believe that weather is gender. There is clarity and yet every single one of these cases in fact only brings home the point that whether is gender there is some kind of social construction work. So why is this an issue that can so easily riled the base. You know when when it's time to wage culture war it's time to talk about queer people transpeople gay and lesbian people. I think it has a lot to do with. Jack is talking about a that. Did binary requires a lot of daily maintenance. In news clothing store should go to etc A lot of capital into this. So when you do have a case with sports to be ubiquitous in this country everyone play sports. Everyone takes part of it. It very gender thing without even questioning why gendered so when there's a disruption there unquote people all ascend on it and it does feel as if even liberals don't fully side with trans kids. I mean that's why these bills are doing quite well. Even my own mother struggles with understanding why we select trans kids play in certain sports leagues because she chewed due to her whole life. Being part of this binary she's bought into this Practices of it and that we must maintain it. And there's this idea around children that they don't know yet. I mean i think a lot of people have been like you know. You don't know until you know. Take your time figure it out. But there's something about a trans kids. Saying i am this person being so aware that it's frightening to straight people and people. I think it's because they don't know themselves. They're projecting that onto these kids. Because i i do deeply believe that these kids know who they are. They know what they want. Need frightening to adults who live in a world. They have bought into the lie. That is heterosexuality. Gender in these young people are presenting potential. That like maybe. This thing that you bought into isn't extra real. You've been doing this forever. It's not actually existing because it's actually really mundane to let the kids play. These are not professional athletes. This is like your little nephew or niece playing soccer. It's really not high-stakes. There's no money to it. Capitalism isn't getting much better off you participating in your local soccer team but it's part of a larger ideal that if they do well and accept it in a family see this as normative the gonna change everything for everyone. And that's where sports become an issue 'cause forces kind of this gateway to being a normal kid normal productive person in societies if you let these trains gets to it in their good actually if they're not good in happy and okay that's way more dangerous than even a casper semina- yet even in the legislation that would prevent trans kids from being able to take puberty blockers. Some of those laws would penalize parents who are supporting their children parents who are accepting and listening and not being paternalistic. In that sense who's doctors and therapists and the whole regime. That may be used to be in a kind of enemy. Position is changing in some respects in some places at least is supporting these children and yet all of them would be outlawed by some of these laws. And i think what you're pointing to is that this legislation unlike other forms of legislation around kids or families or whatever is really aggressive in not just a racing. The trans kids lived experience. But also everyone touches this kid's life that says you're okay and whenever you see legislation doing that that's when you should take wait. This isn't probably about that scene of the person this is about a group of people wanting to arrange another group of people because they fear what they may present to society because how these people are imagining these bills in texas were parents are literally spoken to some of these parents are literally moving out of the state so that they can keep their kid when you have kids not being able to get access to food because parents of parental abuse but the state's doing nothing and not letting them get access to real education or let making them go to school but not the state's doing nothing but you are telling me the states intervening on a family who has gone out of their way to pay for access to a terrible medical system is so expensive in so not accessible. But they've got out of the way to give them access to the entire care team to let this kid play and understand their bodies on a timely that makes them feel good. They are the people we should be throwing into prison at least culturally. That's wild about them at all. That's about the ideology. We're fighting a dense transphobia homophobia.
"caster semenya" Discussed on At Liberty
"Play out and things like the bikini bottoms which just feel so arbitrary even to most people and we immediately understand. There's no good reason for this. Disparity men wear women where i think. Many people had this reaction to the ban on naomi. asaka from the french open for refusing to speak to reporters again. Is it really necessary for tennis. Stars to speak to reporters as a condition of the game. You know and if we think about this any other kind of job if you imagine the only asaka working in an office or working anywhere else and having some component. That's really not essential to getting business done. Which in this case is the business of playing tennis right. We would find a way to accommodate her and in fact we likely would have to find a way to accommodate her under the americans with disabilities act. But instead there's expectation that somehow we can put demands on athletes that are totally unrelated to the sport that they're planning and fine them and ban them altogether when they refused to To comply to sort of to dance for us on request you know another form of discrimation that we haven't talked about yet but have alluded to in passing is around this to saucer on testing and you know you had mentioned earlier. Two black teenagers christina mboma and betrays messolongi from namibia subjected to testing before they were allowed to run in the four hundred meters and much of the controversy around to saucer. Thrown testing stems from the news. About caster semenya. The two time olympic runner from south africa being forced to modify her natural testosterone levels because of new rules around to saas thrown from the world sporting organizations kink. You explain what these rules are. And where they come from and why they're discriminatory sure. Well i'm so glad you started at caster. Semenya molly because it's impossible to understand what happened to christina beaumont and beatrice without understanding where these rules came from caster. Semenya is south african runner and sort of similar. Just moan byles. She had the problem of being too good. She was too fast and she was subjected to all kinds of humiliating criticism including questions about whether she was really a woman or whether she was one hundred percent of woman she was subjected to invasive gender verification testing and one of the things she was subjected to was blood test to determine her natural testosterone levels. Now the idea of Athletes should conform to average testosterone level in order to compete sort of antithetical to everything that we know about the olympics which by definition are not about people who are average there about people who are exceptional. Their bugaboo are extreme. Olympic competition celebrates right the extreme extreme levels of human achievement and yet when it comes to black women this notion of somehow. She really wasn't woman enough. One way in which caster semenya was different. was not only weaponized against your but actually used a ban her from the competition altogether and understand why this is racist and sexist is just so useful to compare it to how other athletes exceptionalism has been treated and a terrific example of. This is michael phelps. Michael phelps much like caster. Semenya is an exceptional athlete. He has a genetic mutation that means his body produces half the lactic acid of other athletes which means his muscles don't fatigue as lear. They're able to recover more quickly. He's also double jointed in his ankles. And of course he's six foot four which is well above average high for a man in this country and yet there never was there a call for michael phelps to take a pill to force his body to produce lactic acid or bring his lactic acid up to a quote average level or michael phelps to have surgery to correct his ankles. They were no longer double jointed. All things that undoubtedly contributed to his phenomenal success. But when it came to caster semenya. She was forced to make a decision to actually take medication..
"caster semenya" Discussed on Sigma Nutrition Radio
"So the narrative about caster semenya simply being a woman with naturally high testosterone is just not accurate and it's misleading and it's confusing the conversation and it's biasing people's opinions about what is a for some people an important social and political potentially questions. So i think that the media needs to do a better job in conveying the facts of the situation but it's difficult because she identifies as in lives as a woman and you want to be sensitive to that and so that's a difficult line to walk there when you want to be. Make the right decision in terms of who can participate in the female category while also being respectful of someone's identity so that is challenging but we also want to be working since the the question is about sports and the biological to some degree you know we need to understand what the the biological basis of any athletic advantages might be. It's sort of important in that case to at least be working with the relevant facts here. Yes i i think to to clarify in the case of caster semenya again. If i'm wrong as someone can correct me. But i believe her condition is where she does have an x and y chromosome that is correct. And she has internal testes that are producing male typical levels of testosterone. So it's not just as simple case of like natural variation in a woman's testosterone that she's. She's being discriminated against because of what her body does naturally. It's not obvious that she should be in the female category. Unless you consider how someone identifies to be sufficient for the female category and that's another question that people need to try to. You know work out for sure. I think the that that case in particular won't linger too much on it because it it it's fraught with various different conversations around ethics and sport and so on i think probably what makes it even more complex as this is a situation where someone was born with a certain. Dsp condition as opposed to taking a step to be a trans woman for example. So there's there's slight differences in all of these different cases. Yes no there's big differences yet. Yeah so that that might be an unethical Conversation for another time before we wrap up Here carol one quick question. I wanted to ask if we think about introspects differences so specifically with men at. You've already noted earlier that we see these potential differences in behavior of a man is hypo granado for example but what about within the normal physiological range of someone with low testosterone but still within the physiological range versus someone in the high or if we took a population of the lowest court island the highest court. Does that actually translate to differences in behavior that we're detecting not much as far as we know and this is consistent with the literature. Non human animals that what seems to matter are the changes that an individual experiences in testosterone. Not so much their baseline level. So if.
"caster semenya" Discussed on The Lead
"To race as a woman. This can appeal to the court of abitration for sport in two thousand fifteen and argued that world athletics had essentially putting place in arbitrary limit to testosterone levels and did not have the scientific evidence to back up is ten animals for later and ultimately the court of abitration for sport agreed with judy chant and they said to weld athletics. Can you show us evidence. That having high testosterone levels actually correlates with performances and outcomes and then we'll athletics devise a new set of regulations. And what they did was they based them on data that they collected from athletes competing at a couple of world championships and i looked to say whether there was any relationship between naturally occurring testosterone levels and which athletes performed well and what they found was quite interesting the events with the largest relationship where hannah throat and paul and then with a lesser relationship. Four hundred hurdles four hundred and the i eight hundred but a very very small correlation. Actually in the eight hundred majors and as research is since have pointed out that was actually a whole lot of problems with the dada. Because it had phantom times missing times they hadn't been able to control the doping athletes and they actually had to sort of retract. A lot of the clients that they've made based on that dada. What's interesting is that the hammer thrower and the poll where the outstanding events and what will athletics did was to apply. These regulations are only two middle distance running events so four hundred mehta's four hundred hurdles. I eight hundred fifteen hundred in the mile. I think some people think will athletics picks the events that caster semenya tends to do well in some people have said this is essentially a policy aimed at excluding cast semenya from competing and so what does caster semenya who some people thought was the target of this policy. What does she do in response to. This ruling caster semenya announced that she would appeal these regulations and that was our first confirmation. That actually yes. Casas menu does have naturally high testosterone levels. Today's ruling by the sports world highest court would buy her from running distances up to a mile unless she takes potentially harmful medication to reduce that testosterone the panel where is realizes that the rules are discriminatory but defined. This discrimination is acceptable. Kesselman your appealed. She lost that appeal. And as a result we are not seeing. Kesse semenya compete. I know the caster semenya did take hormones to reduce her testosterone levels for a while and she continued to compete while doing. So what do we know about what that experience was like for her in her testimony that she gave to the quote of abitration sport in twenty nineteen as part of her appeal. She did talk about actually what that experience was like fair. Failing tied logic unmotivated. Like she wasn't in her body. I'm paraphrasing here. These are not her words and we did see a slight dip in her performances but certainly for her personally. She did describe how uncomfortable that was an experience and she seems to have decided that it's just not worth it to her to compete in her signature events. If she's going to have to do it under these conditions. Yeah that's right. i think. Also she's had enough of world athletics handing her over these years and really trading. A disrespectfully met. I think there's no question that they've traded her disrespectfully. I don't think we'll athletics has ever really come to the table. And being prepared to celebrate casta semenya and look at the positive things that she brings the sport. So i'm going to waste my time on negativities. I'm going to enjoy my life live. Great athletes almost always have some sort of physiological differences. That make them successful right. Like one person that comes up a lot in these kinds of conversations is michael phelps. Who is known to have extremely long arms very long torso large feet and kind of unusual ankle joint so that his feet almost act like flippers. So i just wonder like why do we seem to focus so much on testosterone as a thing that give someone an advantage as opposed to some of these other physiological or hormonal traits that give any athlete an advantage. It's a really good question. I mean all of us have preformed ideas about testosterone and athletic ability. Because of what we've learned about doping in the seventy in the eighty s. We had the east german system where female athletes filled for testosterone. And it made them unbeatable. It's become part of the sports folklore and you grow up in the sport. Learning that testosterone equals doping equals elevated performance but testosterone. It turns out. It's pretty complex. If you add officially elevate your testosterone levels to ten animals pelita and you come up against someone who has always had testosterone levels in around that range. It's quite possible that you at your body is going to have much stronger response to these testosterone than someone. Who's buddies already used to that. So there's really interesting debates too about what we can even say about testosterone levels based on the doping evidence that we have and we don't tend to learn actually about the complexities of testosterone or bat for example the facts that there are elite male athletes who have very very low testosterone levels. And i mean very low down in the lower women's range and they nevertheless competing at the elite level of this sport so there is a lot more complexity and overlap to testosterone than what we tend to assume based on acid of cultural learning as we're growing up in sport meddling circling back to your own thinking on caster semenya. You talked earlier about where your head was at in two thousand and nine the sort of feeling that she wasn't a quote unquote real woman. And this feeling that maybe she shouldn't be allowed to compete. How has your thinking on her changed since then and why. It didn't happen overnight. That's for sure is in wisconsin for seven years during my phd and discovering it. Oh there's actually a long standing debate about these kinds of practices in sport and especially in track and field and that was my first in canada with the just easing a simple answer to this. Six is just not that simple. It's complex and you cannot drool a clean line onto this far more complex reality and what has been really convincing. Fa me in saying that. I support the participation of women who have naturally high so stern is meeting and becoming friends with women who have high testosterone. I know who identified as intersex and they explained to me how much it impacts them and this the second pace. That was really important for me. The actual consequences of regulations on women's lives and these are overwhelmingly women of color located in the global south. This one athlete a ugandan athlete. An aetna geza. For example who.
"caster semenya" Discussed on The Lead
"Me. Great debate here so melon. You have one of the more interesting resumes. That i have come across. You're an olympian. And you're now an academic studying gender and sports science at the university of luzon in switzerland. I hope i got all of that correct but before we jump into this episode. Could you first tell us a little about your background as an athlete. Yes show so. I was an eight hundred rent them for australia. I can pay to that. The two thousand eight beijing olympics in the eight hundred meters the following year. I competed at the world championships in berlin and the following year. I actually ended up having a career ending injury so at age twenty six. I think i was. My athletic career. Came to an very abrupt to end. And that's actually. What prompted me to escape australia and come to the. Us actually and do my phd at the university of wisconsin madison. Well as you mentioned in two thousand nine you ran in the world track and field championships. And you're actually competed against one of the two athletes that were here to talk about today. The south african runner caster semenya. This was a moment. That caster semenya. I think i became a big international story. Can you just remind us of how things unfolded for her at those championships. Yes so that was casta semenya's first experience on the international stage and she came into the championship as a hot favourite. She had ran a really impressive time in the late up to the world champs so she was on everybody's list of favorites for the women's eight hundred maters. She was eighteen at the time. She was young in a hates. I actually had the opportunity to compete against semenya. And as semi final and then the final was unfolding. A controversy was also unfolding quick man or woman. That's exactly the question that international track officials are trying to answer she and yes she claims to be a woman is eighteen year old caster semenya to circulate that semenya had sex linked traits. That shouldn't be allowed in female athletes about the fact that this person is a woman. I am not a doctor special east of genetic quite extraordinarily on the eve of the women's final. They announced that they were planning to conduct investigations and they really through semenya under the bus. We drove to the hospital. I'm like okay. They take another blind. Why this guy is taking on a blood. No this lady cut me. Explaining things are confusing me. That i really didn't understand the took me about jen. I'm like okay agenda or chemists in gender a little bit by the you speak like all over the news. It became a defining controversy. And as you mentioned this happened while the tournament or the competition was underway. So how did things conclude for semenya at that tournament. Still got absolutely ballistic for the eight hundred meters final. She didn't hold back. Even though that controversy was unfolding around again breaking there's not sports now for does she won convincingly showed up and the white taught. Better be terrific. I was in the stadium. That not watching this unfold. And i remember that being sort of. I wasn't silence but there was a very sort of nugent reaction to victor. This athlete does on one fifty five forty five smashing the national record course and i think people were just confused at a loss at how to react to the situation and so what were the results of that gender tests that was ordered by world athletics. At that time what did they find out about. Caster semenya's biology for lack of a better term. We didn't know all the doctors who were kentucky. He'd teed those very clearly this time on this kind of investigation these days and even reeks before we can come to a conclusion. There was never a formal release of any results of this investigation so it really remained in the realm of conjecture at so as you mentioned. You actually ran against castor in those two thousand nine championships amidst all this confusion about what was going on with her. What was your position. How did you feel about the fact that she was allowed to compete. I don't think it's any secret that semenya's a tomboy and certainly when i first soheil warming up iran pasta and i was like Maybe that's a guy. But i didn't think anything of it. She's not the only tomboy in the sport. And that didn't ring alarm bells to me. And it was only later on when i did start to encounter these rumors about caster. Semenya that i said to think. Oh okay that kind of makes sense so there are a lot of sort of assumptions. I was quite willing to make. Did you say that she was playing computer games the other day like all the more evidence that she shouldn't be in the female category. What woman would be playing computer games. Like hit voices. Yeah that's not right. Have you seen how she sits on the couch. she slashes like she doesn't like a woman on the cat. There was a lot of that. And then i guess conjecture about biologically. What kinds of variations. We might be talking back and yeah. I'm angry about my own performance here. And i'm angry that this person is so much better than they are metal and i just wanna pause for a minute to talk about this idea of gender test and how those tests have changed over the years. Can you lay out for us. The many approaches that officials have used to try and draw a clear distinction between male and female for the purposes of athletic competition. They began with nude parades. Officials means sex testing mandatory for female athletes at the nineteen sixty six european track and field championships in what was called a nude parade where female athletes were examined by a panel of doctors who would inspect their genitals to confirm their sakes to make sure that you're packing the right bits downstairs so that was fairly short lived. The next year officials replaced physical exams. Chromosomal testing after the kremlin testing regime ended in the nineties stopped. Being the case all female athletes had to be tested previously. All female athletes had to do a test to be eligible to compete. Then it changed to a more selective testing raging early. If an athlete was considered to be suspect would she be subject to testing. That means deciding who is tested can depend on an athlete's appearance and it might be that non white athletes from the global south are being selected for testing because they don't fit. Somebody stereotype of what a female looks like. And if i understand this correctly it went from these so-called new tests to chromosome tests to now testosterone being the litmus test. So how did that. How did testosterone come to be the thing that is used at least in track and field to determine if athletes like caster semenya are eligible to compete this thing a couple of really kate development so one of them involves an entirely different athletes. And i miss duty chant concerned about and she's an indian one hundred meter run. She had been found to have testosterone levels exceeding the limit. A limit of ten animals. Pelita the minding noodle lillian sprintone. Dirtyjohn was lost out of action. After this review high levels of this doctrine she should check into gender testing to confirm eligibility.
"caster semenya" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"The president of world athletics Sebastian coe has told the BBC he'd like to see caster Semenya return to track and field but only if she obeys the rules the double Olympic and world champion from South Africa stopped competing after failing to overturn controversial regulations which require her to limit her natural level of testosterone lord code was speaking ahead at the world athletics championships which begin and go out on Friday here's Alex Capstick caster Semenya words be into how to defend her eight hundred basis title that's because she refuses to comply with eligibility criteria for athletes described as having differences of sexual development she recently signed for football team in South Africa Sebastian coe said the regulations were not designed to exclude females with high levels of natural testosterone and if you would like to see the right to return to the sport as long as she abides by the rules lord coe said he had no plans to contact caster Semenya directly he insisted he was not about individuals but ensuring every athlete to that equal chance of being competitive he also identified trans gender as the next big issue facing track and failed and confirm the topic will be discussed at senior level Indo hot this week he said the support needed new guidelines for trans ethics the V. audible laugh was well placed to address the challenge Alex Capstick reporting they're not turning our attention to Hong Kong where police have used tear gas to disperse protesters on Sunday in what was the sixteenth consecutive weekend of protests in the city thousands attended a peaceful rally at a shopping center in shot in but tensions escalated after a group of hard line activists vandalized and M. T. R. train station next to it Steve McDonald was out the whole thread today. more hardline elements of the pro democracy movement blame the Antioch full polluting with the government and that's because they said whenever there's a protest by shut down the stations a lot and so it is one of the reasons why the train system gets Tagen. so these are just. stop by this is what some of the. to do now that I think that destroying. the protesters from the subway. but this is a new shopping center. and now the police the rising through. to try and catch them with projectiles down. I would be returning. lows in the darkened close. the most serious. you.
South Africa's Caster Semenya wins the 2000m in France in midst of IAAF battle
"Elsewhere, South African and Olympic eight hundred champion caster Semenya, who's appealing against a ruling, which would require to take testosterone reducing drugs if she wants to compete for her favorite distance says she. Can coach run any event? I want the new rules cover the four hundred meters to the mile Semenya ran and won a two thousand meters in Paris last night, but she's not giving up her
Caster Semenya can run without testosterone restriction
"South African runner, caster Semenya will be allowed to compete without restriction in the female category. While the Swiss federal supreme court considers her appeal is NPR's Melissa block reports. The Swiss court ordered the immediate temporary suspension of rules governing testosterone levels of female athletes. Those rules were imposed by the governing body for track and field. The I AA f for female athletes with naturally elevated testosterone levels and last month, the court of arbitration for sport of health those regulations which require the affected athletes to lower their testosterone levels with. Drugs or surgery. But caster Semenya, a two time Olympic champion filed an appeal saying the rules, violate her human rights, and for now at least she's one of reprieve while the Swiss supreme court considers her case in a statement Semenya said, I hope that following my appeal, I will once again, be able to run
"caster semenya" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Weak. At addition from NPR news on Lou Garcia Navarro caster Semenya won what may be her last eight hundred meter race this past Friday in Doha, her dominance in the event may be at an end because of new regulations that come into effect Wednesday. The new rules banned women like Semenya with naturally occurring high levels of testosterone from running certain events in the women's competition, unless they take medicine to reduce those levels when asked whether she would submit to the new regulations Semenya replied, hell, no Madeleine Pape was an Olympic runner for Australia who once competed against many, she's now a PHD candidate in sociology at the university of Wisconsin, Madison. And she told us about when she competed against the many in two thousand nine at the I AA F world championships in bullet. I lost to Menier amongst other people in the the hates, and I was after that very quick to join the chorus. Voices around me that would beginning to accuse menu of having an unfair advantage, and that really reached fever points on the evening of the the final when the af who's out governing buddy in track and field announced publicly that that will be conducting investigations into Semenya's biological sex. So that really set the tone for happy people, then proceeded to talk about him. And I guess I wasn't really encountering any alternative points of view that was the single point of view that was being voiced at the time. So I certainly found the camp of jumping on the bandwagon. And repeating the things that were being said around me, and how did you come to change your mind? Yeah. That was a it was quite a long journey actually about a year after those world championships I sustained a career ending injury. And I decided to move to the United States to start a PHD in sociology, and I happen to chance upon this topic, and the very vast literature that's been written about it from the point of view of women's sports advocates who have examined at length, the very many scientific and ethical dilemmas that surround the exclusion of women who have high testosterone, and initially I was very confronted by this discovery, and it really was a time that my own view shifted, and I would say that something that was really critical process was mating women who had high testosterone becoming friends with women with high testosterone and thinking about how they personally impacted by these kinds of practices. In sport. This is a story, of course, about regulating women with naturally high testosterone levels, but it's also important to remember that this is also story about one particular athlete, and one particular woman caster Semenya there is the issue of her sex in this. But there's also the issue of Jerez Innis. Do you think that plays a factor in your view to be honest? I think those concerns affair I mean, I think there are questions to be answered about why why cast us in particular has attracted this level of scrutiny and this level of determination on the part of the af to exclude him from competing because when we can pay him Arjun, I've hit competitors to other successful athletes of this era. They enjoyed great imagines over their competitors. And yet for some reason, we we fixated on Casta Semenya as the the athlete whose margin of victory has has become problematic for us. So I think it's a it's. A complicated issue. But I think it is very fair to be asking why women of color from the global south and from sub Saharan Africa in particular over Representative angst the women who've been accused of having an unfair advantage. And there is of course, the issue of her sexuality is less Byan when we think about why Semenya, and why have her performances in particular raised the idea of a number of people you have to wonder whether the sexuality plays into it. I mean, she's openly lesbian. She is. I would describe her as non-conforming in terms of gender presentation. And I think this track and field as much as I love this sport. And. The number one love in my life. I think we have a little way to go still when it comes to accepting diverse gender identities. And also, abandoning your ideas about heterosexuality the words fair and unfair get thrown around a lot in in this conversation. What do people actually mean when they call something fair? I think really what underlies a lot of people's motivations in this, no matter, which point of view, you would to people really want to see women's sport get stronger and be valued. And so what I looked for inspiration really on. This topic is the latest that we've seen from women's sports organizations like the Women's Sports Foundation here in the US. Also, the international working group on women's sport activists like Billie Jean King who have spoken out in support of Casta Semenya and who see Semenya's presence as a good thing for women's sport. So. I follow. They laid in saying that women's sport will benefit from Semenya being a part of it. And we have room to include it. Yeah. That was Madeleine Pape. She was an Olympic runner for Australia who wants competed against caster Semenya. Thank you. So very much. Thanks so much for having me. S matron supports her family, including her five-year-old daughter by working as a maid in a hotel in city hotel until one day a wealthy. American woman offers her an opportunity to go and live in California, and a company her son KAI who is and has never had a girlfriend to all the family weddings that summer Chi resists his mother's matchmaking. But well, it wouldn't be much of a romance novel. If they didn't begin to fall in love. Helen Wong is the author of the bride test. And she joins me now. Hello. Hi. Thank you for having me. Tell me about Esmie and Kyd. How does that romance between them unfold? So is she gets invited to the United States by his mother and his mother says to him that you know, he has to let this woman live in his house for the summer just the summer so that he can hopefully develop a relationship or connection with her. And while as as there, then she, of course, tries her hardest to seduce him, and it's awkward and really uncomfortable. And because he's on the spectrum he said in his ways, and she has some difficulties assimilating, so they they both have to reach a compromise together. And learn from each other. Your last book, the kiss quotient also featured an autistic main character, and you said that through writing that story you also came to realize your own autism at the age of thirty four. Can you tell me a little bit about that? So I've been considering writing a gender swapped Pretty Woman. But I didn't know why you know, a successful beautiful woman would hire an escort. And I puzzled over this for a long time. And it was a meeting with my daughter's preschool teacher that really brought things together for me. She told me that she thought my daughter was on autism spectrum. And that was very surprising for me because at that time, I hadn't had much exposure to autism. But you know, I came home, and I kinda researched it, and it didn't seem right because my little girl is not she didn't seem to be. Autistic from what I knew in what I saw when I was reading online from your perceptions from. Yes. But then I was thinking about you know, autism and one of the big things they say, it's there's difficulty with social interaction, and that that's something that I can really empathize with. And I thought wouldn't that be an interesting reason to hire an escort? And so I started to research autism solely for the book. But as I researched I ran into this very interesting thing where autism seems to display differently in women than in men women have learned to mask their autism. And they learned to copy their peers and mimic to mimic. Yes. And I was reading I was I was thinking about all the things that I do, you know, I tapped my teeth, but I tapped them because no one can see. See because if you move your fingers, you move your body or you rock in your chair, then people will see and that's not good. It has to be secret. And there are so many things like that that I've done and that I've been hiding so unconsciously or sub consciously I guess in that kind of put me on this journey where I started to explore could I be on the spectrum, and this all kind of happened as I was drafting this book, and the more I learned about myself, the better, I could write this character. Her name is Stella. And, but then as I wrote style, I you know, I was learning about myself as I wrote her so it was like this reciprocal process. That's how the diagnosis came to be. And how the character came to be. We kind of happened at the same time. What made you wanna revisit having an autistic main character for this book? There was this website. I looked at. I don't want to tell you what it is. Because I don't want to drive traffic there. But it it. Basically, they say that autistic people are heartless, and that we don't, experience empathy. We are selfish in cold, and anyone who's had a relationship could go on there and kind of air their grievances and say how horrible it was. And and I am sure that those situations exist, but I I can't accept that. That's a rule so KAI this character was born from that injustice. I wanted to write a character and show how he may look cold. He may look heartless, and he might even think he's heartless, but he's not. And I wanted to show what that disconnect is and how different people experiencing motions and process emotions in different ways. And it's not there isn't a one right way. Yeah. I read an interview where you said. Said you were told you how to stone heart when you were younger, and that's actually a line that you give KYW in the book that must have been a hard thing to hear. Yes. It was exactly like I wrote it in the book, I was walking home from school with my cousin. And he I don't remember what we were talking about. But it came up that I had a stone heart because nothing bothered me. And I didn't care about anything, and I didn't have feelings and really stuck with me because I thought well, that's not true. I do have feelings. I don't act like everyone else. But there I can feel them. Sometimes sometimes it gets too much, and it's confusing or when the motions get too big. Then I feel that I will shut down. And then I need time. I think. There are as you know, so many people who are to stick. And there's a wide spectrum of how people experience that but very few stories that show them sort of living and loving, and succeeding, and your book changes that why is it important to tell that story for you? Well, I think it's important for these characters for especially for me personally. I want to believe that I can be a main character, I can be a leading character in my life that I can have a happily ever after that. I can find true love, and I can get married and conquer and be happy. And I think one thing for my books is yes, my characters have they sexual intimacy. And I think that's also important to show. People can have these very full lives and experience things that regular people. Do I sometimes run into people who find my portrayal to be offensive and in relative by giving people normal lives, which which is. It kind of breaks my heart. Every time. I hear that. Because I'm married. I have kids. My husband loves me as a woman. I am a woman, and and I have the same needs and desires as anybody else. Helen Wong is the author of the bride test. Thank you so much. Thank you..
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"Now to the sports world for a court ruling that could have major repercussions South African Olympic champion runner. Caster Semenya must lower testosterone levels to compete in certain high level races. That's the ruling this week from the court of arbitration for sport it said that Semenya's natural testosterone levels, which are higher than many female athletes, give her an unfair advantage. It's a battle Semenya and her supporters have been fighting for years and the ruling came as a significant setback. Katie Barnes is with me there, sports and culture writer for ESPN w Katie welcome back to the takeaway. Thanks for having me back. Appreciate it. So the ruling in this case was based on what exactly the ruling was based on or arguments that were presented a couple of months ago, where the idol af presented their argument that Casper's Mennea and athletes similarly situated to her have an unfair advantage, given their levels of Australian. And caster side argued that that's not true. And that she doesn't have an unfair advantage in there for these new regulations would be invalid and asked the court throw them out. So Kester is not doping her testosterone levels are natural. Why is a court ruling on her ability to compete why? When did this even become an issue? How how did we get here? Oh, how we got here is very long and complicated question. But to be a Saint as possible, this is always been a fight when it comes to women's sports as far as who gets to be a woman, and what it means to be womanly. And then what it means to not be enough of a woman. This goes back to any kind of discussion that folks will use shorthand they'll just say well, east Germany in the eighties. As far as women who are participating in doping. Right. So sex testing and gender verification has always underscored the existence of women's sports, especially at the elite level and it's package jazz. A means to keep the integrity of women's sports intact to make sure that there isn't a man competing amongst women. Right. And so that is the short answer of how we got here for castor specifically since she won the world championships in eight hundred meter in two thousand nine this has been a problem for her. She. Was immediately forced to undergo sex verification by the I AA Heff that year and has been competing against women in perpetuated since that time what's casters response been so far. I mean does she have options to continue competing, and if so what are they? So she has a couple of options. Her response, though, to be honest has been muted on Twitter. She's just kind of posted a few quotes, basically saying, no react. Sometimes the best reaction has no reaction hercamp can appeal to a Swiss court higher court. I do not know if they will they have not said specifically if that is something they will do they have thirty days to decide that if that is not the case caster has a couple of options should she want to remain competing. One of them is to be compliant with the new regulations that I will institute which would require her to lower Sosthene levels to five animals per leader. Which is for reference the previous leg. Was ten animals for leader. So there's half as much testosterone. And she would have to do that via medication which a lot of folks have said is medically unnecessary treatment for her. So she could do that in order to compete and eight hundred meter and possibly also the fifteen hundred meter or she could choose to compete outside of that into the WF chooses to do. It's worth noting that last week she competed in the South African championships in the five thousand meters. So she might choose to do that. And we'll see how the idol would respond to such thing. One of the things that we've been talking as your as we're talking about this it just feels like there's a level of scrutiny. That's been on this particular athlete that we don't see in other athletes in what I mean by that is that there are natural genetic differences that can play a part in an athlete success. We've see Michael Phelps, for example, who is very very tall and has very very long arms and legs. And makes that's exactly what makes him. I think do what he does best. How do you take? What why do you think eighty that that Castro's being so scrutinized right now, I think it's impossible to separate the intersection of sexism and racism in this particular case, it is worth noting the two most high profile women who have been having these conversations with WF taken WF to the court of arbitration for sport have both. Women of color to twenty fifteen and Indian sprinter. And then, of course, caster Semenya and Castro in particular, as I mentioned has been targeted since she really burst onto the world scene in two thousand nine and largely when you read reports from that time, it's very clear that people were pointing to her physique, and it's not dissimilar from criticisms about Serena Williams, looks you know, pointing to black women's physique in particular and that making them them unfair competitors, right? Correct. Insinuation that somehow because caster Semenya is muscular, and she improved by significant margin over short period of time than that is good enough reason to call into question whether or not she is woman enough to compete against her competitors. And that is what has driven this conversation. And it's hard to not look at what's happening with caster Semenya and think about the fact that like. Katie Decky has absolutely dominated her competition for the entirety for career and not once has anyone ever thought to question her sex and she set world Wecker? It's castor doesn't even hold the world record in eight hundred. So that is something that I think is just inextricable from this conversation is just how sexism and then also racism play a very huge role here. I wanna talk a little bit also about how this ruling could impact trans athletes, we you, and I have talked about this issue in the past. And I'm wondering trans women who might also have elevated levels of testosterone could be impacted by this. No, yeah. So these regulations for the four hundred eight hundred and possibly the fifteen hundred miles well require any athlete who wants to compete in those competitions or restricted events as they're being called to reach that five minimal per liter threshold and that includes transgender women and previously transgender women. Should they be on hormone therapy and going through a medical transition? If they hit ten Lanham lls per leader that would be enough, and they would be able to compete with women. But now that goalpost has moved considerably. And so that will be certainly a challenge, and it's worth noting that there are very few transgender athletes competing at the elite level. But. Underscoring not just from a medical perspective. What this means? But the president then of what this has said, which is that to SaaS thrown is the hormone that we should be most concerned about when it comes to athletic vantage, and that culturally speaking has the possibility to filter down through the elite levels all the way down to the conversations that we've had about youth and the access to sport for transgender girls and transgender women writ large. Katie. What do we know if anything about the potential for side effects from this type of hormone suppression? That's being asked of this athlete. Everyone individually would respond to medication differently, but it is worth noting that the court of arbitration for sport in their ruling did say that the I AA f- well expressed concern about how this could be implemented in the possible side effects for these athletes, and basically said that should there be side effects and should athletes come back to the court of arbitration for sport in prove that there are significant side effects and harm done to the medically that the proportionate are the proportionality of this discriminatory policy, which the quarterback petition for sport did say a discriminatory policy, but that proportionality would be called into question and could then shift the tide back to rendering these regulations invalid, Katie Barth writes about sports and culture for ESPN w Katie thanks.
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"Now, there's a major story in the world of international track and field unfolding this week, and it's focused on the gold medalist caster Semenya, the court of arbitration for sport ruled this week that female runners who have unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in some events. It's a landmark decision that could affect Semenya's ability to defend her Olympic title. She won gold in the eight hundred meter race in the last two Olympics. And it could also have far reaching implications. For other women in sports. Mike Pesca is here. And now sports analyst he hosts the daily podcast, the gist common. Mike this story brings up so many questions about competition. Ethics fairness, what's your take on it? It is a fascinating question though. If your caster Semenya, you would not find it. So fascinating you would find it unfair. Then again, the unstated non litigants and the case, but the people who are which is to say every other woman that she might be running against also have a stake in sports. The whole point is that there is a winner and loser there is a finish line. There's no way to make a definitive decision without I guess bracketing. It by saying it is true. That this decision is imperfect. We'll even the court in mid that in this ruling that said that the rule is discriminatory. But that the discrimination is necessary to preserve the integrity of female athletes. It's an admission that somebody here is going to lose out. What else have we heard about the reasoning behind it? And that's what the fascinating thing is it is discriminatory. And we've been told that discrimination is bad. Thing. And if your caster Semenya or someone who identifies with her or as a fan of hers, it seems terribly unfair. So caster Semenya has a condition known as hyper androgynous them. And this means among other things, she her body generates more testosterone than a typical woman would in fact, the amount of testosterone that her body generates is in the low levels of what a male might generate. But we don't know exactly what her level is rising. We don't know what we know that she would violate the rule so she couldn't compete as a woman, given the new rule that the court of arbitration for sport was talking about. But here's the complication just having a lot of testosterone that alone does not not only guarantee that perhaps correlates does correlate to some athletic advantage. But not all and not most and there are many, great athletes, male and female with totally different differing. Levels of testosterone. And then putting testosterone aside, there's hemoglobin. This. There's an analogy to the production of hemoglobin. So there are some famous athletes who have had genetic mutations that affect their hemoglobin. So that are they're unbelievable levels. And this allows them to process oxygen at a much higher rate. That's allowed so genetic mutation is allowed, hyper androgen isn't a mutation. But that's not allowed. It might seem like throwing a bunch of complicating reasons, and therefore what the court says, oh, this is all such a Mitch mismatch. Let her run. But then you have to consider what about every other female athlete who is added disadvantage, if she if they aren't producing this testosterone, which does help and let people do take as a performance enhancer to get faster. I think you make a good point about biological advantage. Right. Because reaching the highest level of sports. Sure. It's about hard work. But really it is about genetics put me up against LeBron James, and I will lose every single. Time even practice for the rest of my life. Do you think that this is in some ways a slippery slope to someday saying that look if you're tall you can't play basketball? If you don't have those flipper feet like Michael Phelps? Did right? Yes. It is. I don't think the court is dodging it. But what they're saying is somewhere along the slope. We have to plant a flag and say as complicated an imperfect as it is this side of the flag gets to compete as women and this side doesn't because you can imagine a situation where they just deferred to the person's definition. What does that do to women's sports? Isn't it also odd Mike vich? She will if she wants to run in the eight hundred meters she'll have to take medication to bring her testosterone levels down. Now, this is an era where we are. So hyper aware about drugs in sports. The court is saying take a drug to perform. Yeah. It is taking a drug for no other reason, but to eight and f let it performance and the aid would be to get a an indicator of bodily substance down to a point where you're allowed to run in the Olympics. That's an odd thing. That's just odd to get your head around. Like, I said this. I don't envy the court, and I feel bad for caster Semenya, but I do think that there are untold thousands or millions of other potential rivals to her who benefit or at least aren't punished by this decision. You have to take them into account to sure and the court says this should apply only up to the eight hundred meters she could run the fifteen hundred meter race. Although it's not her preferred event, very interesting Michael Phelps could dive, but he doesn't have the right? Mike Pesca.
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"From NPR news. An organization referred to as the supreme court of international sports has ruled against the controversial female track athlete, caster Semenya, the court of arbitration for sport says Semenya two-time Olympic champion from South Africa has to take medication to reduce her testosterone levels, if she wants to keep competing preferred running events Semenya has been at the forefront of a debate about gender and sport NPR's, Tom. Goldman reports caster Semenya exploded on the track and field seen with a dominating eight hundred meters win at the two thousand nine world championships since then her athletic career has been clouded by questions about her power and speed and her gender her lopsided victories. Muscular, build in deep voice, lead trek and fields international governing body. The I AA f- to ask her to take a sex test. The official results were never revealed. But leaked information said she had what's called an intersex. Condition where she has much higher testosterone levels than most women Semenya has been a lightning rod on the issue of sex, gender and sport, she's been the subject of humiliating criticism and last year, and I AA f decision threatened her future as an athlete the athletics. Well, buddy controversially ruled that the testosterone levels a female middle distance runners should be restricted the rule will apply to women in truck events from the four hundred meters up to a mile Semenya appealed the rule and now the quarter betray shin for sport or casts has rejected her appeal cast fully admits the testosterone restrictions discriminate against one group of women to protect another group and that discrimination is necessary. The identify f says it's grateful for the decision in says, it'll preserve the integrity of female athletes in the events covered by the rule among those upset by the decision. Professor Roger Penske. Scientific can take a loser in this case. Penalty directs the sports governing center at the university of Colorado in boulder, he describes himself as a scholar who studies the use and misuse of science in decision. Making last year his center published a paper criticizing the testosterone regulations prior to coming up with the rule. The I AA f was asked to show the performance advantage female athletes with higher levels of testosterone had over female athletes with lower levels says the data he reviewed was in his words garbage didn't match up to performances there was repeated data phantom data and in any data set where you have that many flawed data points, it's enormously problematic for coming up with robust conclusions. Semenya's lawyers reportedly are mulling another appeal in a statement Semenya said the cast ruling want slow her down, but we'll make her stronger over the years menu. Hasn't said much publicly about the controversy after she won the eight hundred meters at the twenty sixteen Olympics. She. Alluded to it as she spoke about the unifying power of sport. So labata loving one. Another small about discriminated people small about looking at people how they look how the speak. Slaw? But being a muscular, it's all about sports. Now, the twenty eight year old track star has to decide what her future is in sports whether to comply with the wrong and start taking medication to reduce your testosterone level or perhaps competing in running event. Not covered by the rule. And while she mows the decision the debate surrounding her dominating. And controversial career is unlikely.
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"Kotova Trish of for sport has ruled on the request while between filed by Gusta Semenya an athletic, South Africa, South African runner caster Semenya lost a discrimination case against her sports governing body over this issue. She has naturally high testosterone levels, the I a f told her last year she either had to choose between different events to compete in or else. Take medication to lower testosterone. That was after years of back and forth over the question. She challenged their decision and today, the court of arbitration said it actually agrees the rules are discriminatory. But the majority of the panel found that such discrimination is a necessary resolvable and proportionate means of. Preserving the integrity of female athletics. But the UN has calling the rules unnecessary harmful and humiliating Semenya says she just wants to be herself here. She is in a BBC interview from two thousand nine fake, you know, like this. I don't want. Any changes Joanna Harper consulted for the IAF in the case over Kester, Semenya and other athletes with so called DSD's or differences in sexual development. Joanna herself is a runner and the first transgender woman to consult with the International Olympic Committee on gender. Caster Semenya is believed to be intersex, which is different than transgender. But as a transgender athlete can you identify with what caster Semenya has gone through? Oh, yes. Yes. What what she's gone through is been horrific for her. You know, first of all you take the fact that someone who's declared female at birth lives all her life off until she's fifteen as a female. And then she finds that she has this condition. You know, where she subject to all of this scrutiny, and it has to be horrific. Foreign people have said horrible things in. I have a normal IMF. The-for Menon beyond that, she has shown a great deal of dignity. Semenya was born with higher levels of testosterone. Why shouldn't this just be considered a genetic gift? Like, you say in Bill tight, for instance, Michael Phelps wingspan. Well, you know, we don't separate sports based on wingspan our height, but we do separate athletes into meal and female categories. And so we must have some method to draw that line and the primary difference between mill athletes female athletes is testosterone levels. How do we know that the well there was you know, some very strong evidence that was presented at the trial. And I'm not certain exactly what I'm allowed to talk about it not talk about. But because of the often on situations with the rules in previous years, these athletes with the esteem were. Competing at a variety of different testosterone levels, and the data that the idol could gather from that was certainly substantial data, and it was impressive. But it's kind of creepy for sports body to prescribe a medical regimen. Do they do this in other cases? Well, first of all for those individuals, and then we're talking athlete chunking generally individuals who have DSD's and female gender identity. The standard treatment regimen.
Semenya loses appeal against IAAF testosterone rules
"And field Olympic champion caster Semenya has lost her appeal against the to Sussman rules of the sports governing body Semenya one of those dominant stars of modern track rozema virtual unknown to world champion in two thousand nine but over the last several years the gender of the twenty eight year old three time world champion, South African has come under scrutiny. This is based on gender tests took nearly ten years ago. They haven't been made public. But media reports claim that she possesses higher than normal levels of hostile now in what some think is because of her dominance in the sport, the international association about letting federations the proposed rules, restricting testosterone in female runners, but get this only in distances between the four hundred and the mile squarely in the areas of Semenya's expertise, the court of arbitration for sport while upholding the rights to restrict testosterone level in female runners Semenya was careful to say that she was not to blame that can be no suggestion that MISA Minya or any other female athletes in the same position has done anything wrong. This is not a case about cheating missing is not accused of breaching and the rule. She has done nothing whatsoever to warrant any personal criticism. But in responding to the ruling Semenya said this in a statement, I know that the regulations have always targeted. Specifically for a decade the has tried to slow me down. But this is actually made me stronger. The decision of the will not hold me back. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world for more on this. We welcome in the author
Olympian loses battle over testosterone rules
"In international sports has ruled in a landmark case to uphold restrictions on female athletes with high testosterone levels, the South African Olympia and caster Semenya has been trying to appeal those rules which would make her ineligible to compete in her star running event, Mika Condie has more from Nairobi Semenya has been at the center of a debate about whether her naturally high levels of testosterone gives her an unfair advantage on the field the twenty-eight-year-old runner Holtz. Two Olympic gold, medals and four will championships and two thousand eighteen the international sociation of athletics federation's created regulations, requiring female athletes with differences in sexual development to lower their to SaaS thrown in order to compete in certain track and field events, but Semenya and her supporters have been arguing that the rules are discriminatory on Wednesday. The quarterback ration- for sports rule to Opole the regulations on the grounds that they were necessary to preserve the integrity of female athletes, but they did express concern about how the rules will be implemented. The regulations will come into effect on me eighth. Four
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"Opposition leader, funkaway again, cools on his supporters to take to the streets. But has his power grab already fizzled out? We'll say South Africa's middle distance runner. Caster Semenya is lost her appeal against rules, aiming to reduce her naturally, high levels of testosterone that all those rules really the answer where at a time in the world where gender is becoming very fluid, and maybe it's got the point where we need to reclassify sport plus Iraq's water crisis today, we're in the south looking at the marshes reinvigorated off to the full of Saddam Hussein. But now once more under threat, I feel the marshes could dry up completely that the beautiful scenery and local culture could vanish the buffalo breeders could be forced into different areas. All of that ammo coming up after the knees. Hello. I'm Justin green with the BBC news. The South African double Olympic gold. Medallists caster Semenya has lost her appeal against new rules designed to decrease her naturally, high testosterone levels judges at the court of arbitration for sport said the rules set by the athletics regulatory body. The I AA were discriminatory, but they're also considered them necessary reasonable, I'm proportional to ensure fair competition for females our correspondent in Johannesburg at a at a Dorian explains. What the decision will mean for the athlete Kosta semester. If she wants to compete at the world championships in Doha later this year, she will add to adhere to the policy which has been introduced by twelve governing body, the w which means that she will have to take medication to lower her testosterone beneath five none of those Pelita. She can still compete at the games. She competed in a different event. So the ruling that the WF want to bring in is affecting athletes competed in the.
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"With the morning sports is George George types of reaching a Champions League. Final have taken up light Laos wanted to I ax in the first leg that last four Tyler's nights, boss. My shave says not out of the contest just yet. Still thinking the same heroes to be in the situation that we are today we need to give them credit. But of course, the first half an hour was in the base. Widow the as we are fighting. I think we still we are life Liverpool will today Besser in Spain this evening, they take on Catalan giants Barcelona in the acting match if that semi final Bristol City kept that championship plow pipes alive coming from behind. So when she went away at Millwall may remind ice that just a point behind six place Darby traveled to Swansea tonight in the one they fix Portsmouth and sons may bounce the promoted the second said, there's also teatime Olympic eight hundred eight to champion caster Semenya his legal battle against well athletics. Governing body will be announced later the South Africans challenging regulations, restricting testosterone levels in female athletes compete in track events from four hundred aces up three mile, which is tennis number-one a concert temps to reach the quarter-finals. If morocco. Hyphen later today. She takes Anna talk, Dan mania. All Edmonds went down communicate with a straight-sets dos. For American finished north Berkeley this nauseam Shabelle to make sixpence from six in county cookies one day come today there whites Worcestershire and qualify. Gary Wilson's integrate challenge. The in the semifinals snake championship? He needs to win. Just four more frames to get past agriculture of the crucible David Gilbert needs another three to the Englishman Kyran Wilson late ten six Trump seven one up against Scotland. Stephen Maguire Robertson and John Higgins elaborate Forro in that final Selena. Bloomberg daybreak Europe. The most high-profile attempt yet to unseat the mature regime in Venezuela looks to have failed. We're going to get into that conversation next. See.
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"And so what you saw win this sort of organize gender testing went away is that whenever someone got really fast. Whenever female got really fast. There was finger. And this all came to a head in two thousand nine. So now we go down to. As the women themselves for the eight hundred eight is fine on August nineteenth of that year. A South African runner just eighteen caster Semenya. Crushes the field. Pushes. On the final lap. She wins. By is so much smashes the world. Two seconds and almost immediately after the race. My conclusion was okay. Something isn't something's going on here? There was something. Not right. This is Madeleine Pape PHD candidate in sociology and an Olympian forest. She ran against caster Semenya Iraq, heat is she since become a big defender of castor. But she says at the time because Semenya's times increasing so quickly because she was kidding field. So totally people around me were talking about her is she a man because she's a tomboy. I didn't hold a strong opinion about it. I just I just want the I AA after to deal with it and make it go away. And so you had gotten to the point where you were opposed to castor competing. I was opposed to cast a competing almost immediately in Berlin. Over the next twenty four hours. She says the rumors got louder and louder basically, like a cacophonous level.
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"Really came into consideration of really puts on the pressure. So from our point of view if we can better for longer, I think we'd won this game. But we didn't. And we don't deserve to win. What else? Do you pick out from around the globe? James all pick out tenant, shall we will number four Patrick of its Uva. She continued her fine starts the twenty nine team season. She's reached a third fine ready of the year at the Dubai tennis championships. It's time she'll play against the Switzerland. Star bell in the bench Ukraine's Elena Svitzer Lena in Saturday's they'll play later on on Saturday in the final of that tournament and engulf American distinct Johnson he shelf four and Paul sixty seven to lead by two strokes at the halfway stage of the WGC Mexico championship lease on eleven under par Northern Ireland's. Rory mcilroy was four shots clear at one stage during that second round. But he shares second position overnight, Missouri. If you want more sport, you can go to the website, BBC dot com forward slash sports. Thank you very much. James stay with sporting matters on Monday the quarterback for sport began hearing a challenge by the South African runner caster Semenya to plans that would force some female runners to lower their testosterone levels. They'd make women with hyper androgen ISM an elevated level of male hormones take medication before they compete caster Semenya, his lawyers argue that this would be discriminatory and that the world and Olympic champions. Extremely rare genetic condition should be celebrated instead. Speaking to the BBC in the past Casta, so many said it was hard work not high testosterone that was the key to her success. Think these someone will vantage in? Like, I said the way your boys the where you're born. I don't know what they Norbert assistant. Those people are not doctors. Rhonda's like me. They just go away. And that's all I always lose my games, go bigger than a bigger week. Well, Sebastian Coe, the president of the world athletics. Governing body. The I AA f said, however that the proposed new rules would make athletics faira this is a very very important day. You know, the the core value for the F is empowerment of girls and women through athletes the regulations that we are. Introducing are there to protect the sanctity of fair and open competition. And that's really what we're here to defend John. Byrne is professor of clinical genetics at Newcastle university, he explained to the BBC how scientists differentiate between the male and female sex. So in essence, we distinguish between males and females on a chromosomal or genetic level. Women have to X's men have an x y if you have a y chromosome, gene, called SRY lead you to make testees which in turn back test to St.. On which develops mill physique. Without the SA y you will develop as a female. There are some people who either because of a failure to respond to the signals all because of a mixture of cells with different chromosomes can come out in this category. We call intersex where they have some male and some female characteristics. I think customers in very rare situation that this is a situation where she has clearly chromosomal grounds for saying that she is female, even though her chemistry gives male advantage of muscle development. But also someone who and I met one or two females who for various reasons have got major muscle development. But they often don't want to compete in maker make a show of themselves, shall we say the fact that castor has engaged in in athletics is very successful is a great tribute to resilience against some quite unpleasant criticism Vinke remark Christian where do you stand on this one? Well, I think it's compu-. Located. You know, you could argue why even have separate categories for men and women, and the reason is that men because of their development, and their testosterone have a built in advantage and strength and physique and size. And if you look at the distribution of testosterone in men and women. You know, by and large. They don't overlap except for these very few cases where you have a situation where you have a woman who has a normally high testosterone. So I do have some sympathy for the I AA f in that they want to make it fair for most women to be able to compete, however athletics, I should say is not intrinsically fair. I could never be a basketball player. But simply because of my height, you know, and so it's I think it's a complicated question, very complicated. And where do you start? Yeah. I'm seventy I mean, I just wonder about before we can measure people's whom I know levels that would have been variations existed that Riveria nations in people's basic levels of athleticism size. When you're referring to basketball. What are we now going to say that there's like a height limit? If you're if you're born above a certain size and you're to inherit. You've got an inherent advantage in female basketball compared to other female candidates. I just think that the the chromosome argument, which even that I think is is also upset debate is currently probably the most reliable way. But the idea that we're going to take what seemed to be natural variations, even if they are quite exceptional ones. And for certain women to modify the natural state of being in order to conform to a predefined notion of what it means to be a woman to me sounds a bit problematic. I must be the overriding sentiment that isn't a controversial part of this story is a sympathy for her because she is caught up in this through fault over one hundred seven women heads under scrutiny in in question. Something that's not in her power. So yeah, I mean definitely a lot simply at that level yesterday Mariam Francois and serving key.