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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 7 Issue: 10
(October 2009)

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Caster Semenya's lawyers send information request to the IAAF

Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, which is providing advice to Caster Semenya on her human rights and rights as an athlete, has sent a request for information to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), after it revealed it had undertaken gender tests on the South African runner.

"We have sent a letter to the IAAF requesting a number of things", said Jeffrey Kessler, co-Chairman of the Sports Litigation Department at Dewey & LeBoeuf. "We have yet to receive a response". The law firm has not commenced litigation.

Dewey & LeBoeuf said it had been retained by Semenya 'at the recommendation of the Minister of Sports and Recreation South Africa [Rev. Makhenkesi Stofile]' in a 17 September press release. The South African government has asked the United Nations (UN) to investigate if Semenya has been treated in line with UN protocols on gender equality. The African National Congress has set up a group to ensure 'Caster and her family are afforded redress by all those who violated her rights during and in the aftermath of her gender testing', read a 5 October press release.

Athletics South Africa - which has already lost sponsor Nedbank after it denied that tests had been held in South Africa to protect Semenya's privacy - has launched an inquiry into how it handled the situation. The IAAF will not make a final decision based on the results of the tests until the IAAF Council meeting on November 20-21.

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