Tuks Law Faculty Professor Steve Cornelius is resigning as a member of the IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal in protest against a new rule targeting SA’s golden gal Caster Semenya.


South Africans stand up for each other in the best way! So it is no surprise that Tuks professor Steve Cornelius is doing that for one of our very own.

A controversial new rule is being implemented by the IAAF and it is causing quite a stir. The new ruling will prohibit female athletes with higher than average testosterone levels from competing in track events. As you can see, it is quite a specific ruling, one that very few track athletes will be affected by.  In fact, it is only targetting track athletes, all other fields of sport are still open for competition.

Caster Semenya is one of the few athletes that has faced persecution for her hormonal levels which has led public opinion to speculate this new ruling’s intended target.

The Tuks professor feels strongly that this ruling change is unethical and unlawful, which is why he is resigning. In his resignation letter, he shared his feelings about the ruling. The letter was sent to the president of the IAAF Seb Coe.

“On deep moral grounds, I cannot see myself part of a system in which I may be called upon to apply regulations which I deem to be fundamentally flawed and most likely unlawful in various jurisdictions around the globe”

“It would also be unethical for me for me to devote time and energy to expose the warped ideology behind the new regulations while serving on the Disciplinary Tribunal.”

You can read the full letter below.


Sources: TeamSA
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