Posted: 25/08/2016 at 14:18
difference between laura trott and some of the other women is similar...
You say Bolt was born different...but then so was Semanya...bigger / stronger than the average girl
I agree that it must be difficult to decide in some cases...
I was going to post the same link that was posted over the page - it sums up exactly why Semenya and co should not be allowed to compete as women. If CAS does decide to make permanent its 2 year suspension of the rule limiting testosterone in female athletes then god help sport because there is every chance that we will get intersex/transgender athletes dominating lots of events.
I'm not even sure there would be anything to stop a transgender sportsperson who was born a man but who lives as a female competing against women without surgery or medication altering their male hormones. You have to have some test to distinguish who is allowed to compete in female only competition you can't just leave it to the athlete to assign their own gender which seems to be the situation we have here.
I remember Princess Anne being exempted from the "test" because she was a royal - at that time it was a visual inspection of the athlete's equipment.
Simplistic, but as good as any. So Bolt couldn't compete in the women's race unless he had surgery. Semenya couldn't complete in the men's race because she doesn't have dangly bits.
If she was to be excluded because she had too high testosterone levels, should be excluded because he has more than his fair share of fast-twitch muscles?
Anti-doping rules mean you can't take drugs to change your hormone levels - but it seems to be being suggested that Semenya should be forced to do just that.
Maybe tall people shouldn't be allowed to do the high jump, because they have an advantage over short-arses like me.
I do feel for the other athletes in the 800m - they weren't going to win. I also feel for the other athletes in the men's sprint races for the same reason. But how many races in the past were won by drugged Eastern Europeans? Bolt and Semenya aren't taking PEDs - they are just built better for the job than the opposition.