Does the IAAF have a point in seeking to change rules affecting Semenya?

By Chris Taylor, Brent Sancho and Lance Whittaker February 15, 2019

South African runner Caster Semenya has been at the centre of the storm regarding recent rules by the IAAF which could make her ineligible without undergoing hormone therapy.

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    During last year's Test against South Africa at Centurion, he was fined 25 per cent of his match fee for his complaints to on-field umpire Michael Gough about the state of a damp ball – actions deemed "contrary to the spirit of the game".

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    "It's very tough on Trevor," Springboks coach and director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said in a statement.

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    "We're pretty happy with where we're at at the moment," said coach Hansen in his post-match news conference. "Everybody knew that this was going to be a big match and obviously it was. Both teams played very well at times and we're very happy to come out with a win.

    "Were we perfect? No. But you're never gonna be at this stage of the tournament and that was the interesting part about this game for both teams.

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