Re: Caster Semenya and the IAAF - a ruling lacking scientific backing
You're all over the place, man. What do TUEs have to do with it?
Many common medications are banned for athletes but they're human and can get sick so clearly they will need to be treated without running afoul of the anti-doping rules. I guarantee that something banned is in a simple bottle of over-the-counter cough syrup so TUEs will be needed for various mundane reasons. If a diabetic athelete needs insulin there is no issue of fairness at all. Other people naturally make all the insulin they need and the athlete would be taking insulin even if they stopped participating in the sport.
The playing field is level in that we don't allow a motorcyclist to take the line at a 100m race but we allow people of naturally diverse builds and height. Likewise it is not allowed for someone to take drugs specifically to gain a competitive advantage. We remove artificial aids to improved performance NOT the natural human variation that makes some people better at some tasks.
Either you're simply naive or have absolutely no clue what you're talking about. Stop with this height bullshit. Take a closer look at how many athletes in endurance sports have asthma, I wonder what does it take for a healthy person to actually compete in these events? They're all sick and exploring the medical loopholes to the extreme. Do we need the stuff from weightlifting when entire nations are banned because of systematic doping?
IAAF blew it hard when they allowed Justin Gatlin, a repeated doping offender to compete like nothing happened and people went nuts over this jerk so now they will clamp down on Semenya hard. And I'm fine with that. Neither she nor Wambui nor Niyonsaba should compete without severe testosterone restictions.
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