IAAF meet to form gender definition

BIRMINGHAM: World track and field’s governing body will begin the process of agreeing the definition of a woman in an athletics context next week as it prepares to reveal the results of South African runner Caster Semenya’s gender tests.

The IAAF’s medical commission, which begins meeting on Friday, could take a year to deliver that definition, general secretary Pierre Weiss said.

“We are obliged to react. It would have been better if we had been prepared to, but we were not prepared,” Weiss said.

“We will get a reply in the next 12 months - I don’t expect anything to come out before. There is no definition, but it is the same in other sports - football, swimming, cycling. They don’t have a definition.

“We were in Copenhagen and I asked my colleagues from other sports if they had a definition and nobody has one. — AP

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