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Treated worse for having an assumed natural advantage than someone who dopes with testosterone. Banned for life in certain international events unless she takes drugs on an ongoing basis which could be potentially harmful to health…
No connection made with male athletes such as Ian Thorpe who had higher than normal natural testosterone levels.


Things that make you go hmmm


And Michael Phelps who genetically had a lactic acid deficiency. This meant he built up lactic acid twice as slow as the average swimmer.


And Lance Armstrong who had a greater VO2 max than other cyclists enabling more efficient oxygen intake to his blood stream …:shushing_face:


at the height of the saga someone said “It will go. Like the bird just going past you, it will go."
It seems it mostly has.


Yes, but that bird dropped a big pile of guano that has not yet been cleaned up.


yeh but its different an she is smashing all the women its not a fair playing field.
either she races amongst her “Category” or she confirms within the new regime.
Imo she will probably still win, it just wont be by as much.

Just imagine you had a daughter who could be a gold medallist except for semenya beating her due to her “advantages”

The other side can of worms is you let other women athletes use testosterone to boost their levels.


Should not be allowed to race. Fark equality in this case, there is a clear advantage here.


Fair size differential on the other women

Bit like old mate Mouncey


What to do about the dominance of athletes of African origin in track events?


I know that the ones that are born with a ■■■■■ run in the male events and the ones without run in the female events. If not, what is the point of having separate events in any sport?


Except that, in the female events, there is now a new sub-category of DSD female in those international track events ,as deemed by the IAAF, to exclude those of the female sex deemed by the IAAF to have a natural advantage.
Instead of the male/female events, perhaps we need handicap events based on natural advantage.


I’ve always thought the call here was clear from the start.

If you have Testes, actively producing testosterone, rather than Ovaries, and their associated Estrogen, … then you should not be competing against those that don’t.

If Caster wants to compete against females, she should remove or otherwise deactivate the Testosterone producing Testes. Right?/


War on drugs now war on genetic anomalies.

CAS covering themselves in glory again.

Eugenics lives.


Semenya brought the controversy when she competed.
There are mens / womens races for a reason (women generally cant compete due to physical differences). Yes i am aware of women winning ultra maratahons and beating all the men and women well done.

There is also a big controversy around marathon running (not elite), as some men have “identified as women” to gain access into the boston marathon as the womens good for age times are easier to achieve than the mens good for age. Robbing good women of a place in the field and making the qualifying standards harefer for them to achieve.

Have a look at Paula Radcliffes twitter

its a can of worms.

something should have been done about semenya earlier, but they didnt seem to care when she was beatbale,

Semenya isnt the first either.


Steve Magness
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A few quick thoughts on the Caster Semenya decision.

  1. First and foremost, sympathy and adminiration towards Semenya should be expressed. She’s done nothing wrong. Has withstood immense criticism and having her personal details available to the world.
    10:23 AM - 1 May 2019

  2. This was a no-win scenario. There was no easy or “right” decision. Sport is being forced to draw a clear line when the reality is there is no easy delineation, it’s a blurry one.
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    May 1

  3. Why do we regulate only this genetic advantage?
    we have divisions based on sex. And there is NO all-encompassing biological marker to differentiate the two. We use testosterone as a surrogate marker. If the IAAF used chromosomes for example, Semenya wouldnt be able to compete
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    May 1

4-We don’t differentiate height, arm length, etc. because it’s not the marker for sex that is utilized. Argue over whether T should be that marker, fine.

But that’s the reason it’s used. No different than in boxing weight is a surrogate for bigger guys have an advantage.
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May 1

5- It’s easy to call discrimination, especially with only select events being regulated, but… the reason only the 400-1,500m events are regulated is because the CAS required “evidence” of an advantage. The data pointed to these events. The IAAF wanted the rule across all events
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Steve Magness
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May 1

  1. Evidence of an advantage is nearly impossible to study.

It seems simple, see if women with higher testosterone do better than those with low. BUT the data comes from blood tests of world class athletes. If research is correct and 30-40% of them are doping…
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Steve Magness
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May 1

7- Well, your sample is corrupted. For example, a doper using steroids would likely have a LOWER testosterone level after competition because she would likely stop taking steroids leading up to competition to not test +, which would artificially cause T to drop significantly.
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Steve Magness
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May 1

8- Please recognize that this isn’t a for or against argument or case. It’s possible to feel empathetic towards Semenya and those with DSD while still wanting some sort of dividing line along sex.
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Steve Magness
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May 1

9- As you can see, it’s complicated. And the CAS case seems to acknowledge that.

There is no easy answer to this situation. It’s easy to have a negative visceral reaction from either side. But this issue is something that needs to be handled with scientific rigor and care.
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Steve Magness
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May 1

Finally it gets thrown out that is Semenya really that dominant? She’s only the 4th fastest in the 800

Look up and down the all time list and the vast majority near or around Semenya are suspicious times at best…

Semenya could possibly be the clean WR.
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Steve Magness
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May 1

A few more misconceptions going around. To clarify: “Why don’t we regulate height or other biological advantage.”

Answer: they aren’t one of the factors used to separate athletes into men’s and women’s category.

Testosterone is used as a secondary surrogate marker for sex.
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Steve Magness
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May 1

We WOULD regulate height or limb length or whatever IF they were differentiators of two groups.

We would use height if 99.9% of males were taller than 6ft and 99.9% of women shorter than 5’6. That’s how it is for Testosterone.
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Steve Magness
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May 1

IF we decide that there needs to be a men’s and women’s category, (which I think there should!) then we are left with the following options:

  1. Let the athletes decide what sex they want to compete as.
  2. Utilize some surrogate marker that distinguishes the categories

Steve Magness
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May 1

Arguments can be made for either. I tend towards #2.

The problem is there’s no clear marker that separates everyone perfectly. So we are left with markers that provide the least damage. Right now that appears to be chromosomes +Testosterone.

Is that the right choice? Who knows
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Steve Magness
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May 1

We want fairness. We’re emotion driven creatures that are driven towards closure and solutions. This is a case that does not give that emotional contentment regardless of what side you are on.

That’s why it’s important to handle with care. Realize that there is no right choice

Steve Magness
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May 1

And finally, it’s okay to hold seemingly opposing thoughts at once. That Semenya is an amazing athlete, a role model AND that there needs to be regulation for DSD athletes. And that none of that is fair.
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Geez I’ve had to edit this twice now. There’s no good joke here. Something something time travel. As you were.


Is this the AFL / ASADA Joint Investigation?

The friggin’ interim report caused us so much grief and the investigation was the subject of so many leaks to the press.

Was there ever a final report?

Or was the “interim” report just another way of describing a report that “kept the bits we needed” and left out the bits which weren’t suitable for purpose.


And those who cite Paula Radcliffe as the arbiter to note that she was basing her line on transgenders . She might have checked the facts first