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Semenya�s case reflects dilemmas facing sports world

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NEW YORK, May 2: Caster Semenya�s running career, jarred by an adverse court ruling on Wednesday, is unique in virtually all its details. Yet the dilemmas she has posed for the track-and-field establishment reflect how vast segments of the sports world are now wrestling with issues related to intersex and transgender athletes.

The essence of the dilemma: How to minimise or eliminate discrimination while simultaneously ensuring that competitions are as fair as possible.

The challenges faced by Olympic champion Semenya � a South African woman who reportedly has some intersex traits � differ in key respects from those confronting transgender women.

But there are parallels as well, as evidenced in the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the sports world�s highest court � ruled that Semenya and other female runners with unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events, notably the 400 and 800 meters. � AP

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Semenya�s case reflects dilemmas facing sports world

NEW YORK, May 2: Caster Semenya�s running career, jarred by an adverse court ruling on Wednesday, is unique in virtually all its details. Yet the dilemmas she has posed for the track-and-field establishment reflect how vast segments of the sports world are now wrestling with issues related to intersex and transgender athletes.

The essence of the dilemma: How to minimise or eliminate discrimination while simultaneously ensuring that competitions are as fair as possible.

The challenges faced by Olympic champion Semenya � a South African woman who reportedly has some intersex traits � differ in key respects from those confronting transgender women.

But there are parallels as well, as evidenced in the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the sports world�s highest court � ruled that Semenya and other female runners with unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events, notably the 400 and 800 meters. � AP