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Olympic chief has sympathy for Semenya, respects CAS decision

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Olympic chief has sympathy for Semenya, respects CAS decision

Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Saturday he had sympathy for Caster Semenya but respected the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)'s decision that means the South African athlete will have to reduce her testosterone levels to compete.

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Olympic chief has sympathy for Semenya, respects CAS decision

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "First of all I must say I have a lot of sympathy for Caster Semenya being in this position.

Having said this, the issue as such is extremely complex.

It has scientific impact, it has ethical impact, it has the impact of 'fair play' in the competition so it's extremely delicate and it's extremely difficult to do justice to all these good reasons." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "That's a very difficult issue which we had to address also with regard to other sports and other athletes.

Some time ago my predecessors had this challenge and the issue being that there already at this time the decision was taken that there is a statute of limitations which I must say unfortunately prevents the IOC from making any corrections in this respect." STORY: Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Saturday (May 4) he had sympathy for Caster Semenya but respected the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)'s decision that means the South African athlete will have to reduce her testosterone levels to compete.

Semenya won gold in the 800 metres at the last two Olympics but Wednesday's CAS ruling means she will have to artificially reduce her levels of the hormone to defend her titles in Tokyo next year.

The governing International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), who control the rules of competition in track and field at the Olympics, have imposed the conditions on female athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs).

The South African has already indicated that she will not take medication to reduce her levels of testosterone, which increases muscle mass, strength and haemoglobin.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President was attending the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) annual general meeting in Sydney and said an IOC working group would examine the full CAS ruling once it was available, including recommendations from the panel of judges on how the rules should be implemented.

Bach also said that there would be no redress for doping injustices that fell outside their eight-year statute of limitations, after Australian Sports Hall of Fame sprinter Raelene Boyle called for a reassessment of Olympic medals won by East German athletes during a period of systematic state-sponsored doping programme.

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