What is fairness? The IAAF, Caster Semenya and “intersex” athletes

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PALM DESERT, July 5, 2017 – South Africa’s reigning Olympic 800 m champion Caster Semenya has been a lightning rod for controversy since her 2009 World Championship at age 18 that raised questions about her status as a woman.

The IAAF required her to be medicated to reduce her unusually high testosterone level, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport told the IAAF it had to come back with better scientific evidence and suspended the federation’s rules on testosterone. Now the IAAF has its report in hand; what does it say and what’s next?

The background and the issues going forward are in our Lane One commentary, plus a full report on what’s going on in the five-ring circus:

= p. 6/Shooting: Mother and son both make the U.S. National Team in Air Pistol!
= p. 7/Swimming: USA Swimming names World Champs team for Budapest;
= p. 9/Athletics: World-record holder Wayde van Niekerk in Lausanne meet Thursday!
= p. 13/Basketball: U.S. men’s U-19 World Cup team faces Mali in Round of 16;
= p. 13/Cycling: Star rider Peter Sagan throws an elbow and is DQ’d in Tour de France!

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