Ruling by Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholding International Association of Athletics Federations’ discriminatory female eligibility regulations is disappointing

Front runners new york, may 2, 2019

Front Runners New York is committed to ensuring running is open and accessible to all athletes. We were deeply disappointed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport's ruling yesterday upholding the International Association of Athletics Federations’ decision that female athletes with naturally-occurring, higher-than-typical testosterone levels – including Olympian Caster Semenya – are only eligible to compete at global level if they undergo medical interventions. Athletes at this level are exceptional people who have trained diligently to achieve the success that they have in running. The Court of Arbitration for Sport acknowledges that the IAAF policy is discriminatory. We stand against such discrimination which undermines the spirit of sport and runs counter to the 4th fundamental principle of the Olympic Charter, to which the IAAF adheres:

The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.