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RelatedPosts Semenya loses appeal against CAS ruling over testosterone regulations Semenya switches to 200m in bid to compete at Tokyo Olympics Semenya lashes out at IAAF South African athlete Caster Semenya was defiant Wednesday in the wake of the appeal she lost at Switzerland’s Federal Supreme Court against testosterone level restrictions for female runners.The 29-year-old Semenya, who reportedly is intersex, has said she would not use medication to allow her to continue racing the 800 metres. “A man can change the rules but the very same man cannot rule my life,” the two-time Olympic 800 metres champion said on Twitter.Semenya lost an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last year against a rule change by the ruling body World Athletics.The rule was that women with elevated testosterone levels must reduce them via medication if they want to compete in distances between 400m and a mile — or run other distances.The Swiss Supreme Court said on Tuesday that it could not look into the original ruling by CAS itself.It however said it could only look into whether the CAS had violated general legal proceedings — which was not the case. “I have won this battle long ago. Go back to my achievements, then you will understand. Doors might be closed, not locked,” Semenya added on Twitter.South Africa’s government- which has always strongly backed Semenya-called the latest court decision “very unfortunate and offensive to the fundamental human rights of female athletes classified hyperandrogenic’’.“We call upon all South Africans, Africans and the entire world to rally behind Caster in our quest to defeat injustice against women in sports and in particular African women,” Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in a statement Wednesday.The government said they were considering their next course of action.World Athletics welcomed the ruling, saying its regulations are “a legitimate and proportionate means of protecting the right of all female athletes to participate in our sport on fair and meaningful terms’’. But Human Rights Watch slammed the decision in a statement, calling it “discriminatory’’ and saying it creates “a regime of discriminatory surveillance and medical interventions on women’’.The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner has also previously recommended revoking eligibility regulations for women athletes like those enforced by World Athletics.Semenya’s lawyers have noted in a statement that the court ruling means she would be prevented from defending her 800m gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2021.(dpa/NAN)Tags: Caster SemenyaCourt rulingSouth African athlete
Former Asante Kotoko German coach Hans Dieter Schmidt has hit out at Black Stars team doctor Adam Baba over the explanation for young striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom’s inability to feature for the Black Stars at the 2013 Cup of Nations.Speaking at GFA press conference last Friday, Adamu Baba revealed the loaned-out Juventus striker’s involvement in a table tennis match that lasted for two hours at the team hotel during the AFCON 2013 seriously curtailed his recovery from an injury sustained at the Stars’ pre-AFCON training camp in Abu Dhabi hence his lack of game time at the tournament.“Richmond sustained an injury during our last training session in Abu Dhabi on the 15th of January, 2013. On our arrival in South Africa, we had an MRI scan run on him and it revealed that an old injury had been worsened so we asked him to rest so that he could begin light training and obliged. I had declared him fit for the quarter final but I warned him not to bear any weight on the injured ankle. However, the night before the game, he played table tennis all night and got the ankle swollen and that brought us to square one,” Dr. Baba said.Schmidt, who guided Asante Kotoko to the 2004 Caf Confederation Cup finals loss to rivals Hearts of Oak in Kumasi is riled by the Black Stars team doctor’s explanations and has questioned Dr. Baba’s credibility. The coach believes the doctor went overboard and suggests his action could affect the relationship with the player.“It is not a problem to play table tennis in the resting time. It is active resting. I don’t trust this doctor. How can the player trust him in the future? He is only a spice and talking too much,” the German trainer shortly commented on a facebook thread.A further inquiry about what the term ‘active rest’ means as used by coach Dieter Schmidt says: “The term “active rest” or “active recovery” applies to training schedules used by athletes. In the recent past, athletes were encouraged to rest completely after a competition or on a day off. But newer research shows that engaging in low-intensity exercise during “rest” is better for maintaining fitness levels. Low-intensity exercise flushes out lactic acid and delivers healing oxygen to the muscles. Any activity that keeps the target heart rate in the 60 – 65% range is low-intensity exercise. Active rest activities are easy recreational movements like going for a bike ride or a hike, a casual game of tennis, swimming etc.FootyGhana understands Dr. Baba’s disclosure to the media was not pleasantly received by members of the top hierarchy of the Ghana Football Association present at the media briefing last Friday.
New York, United States | AFP | LeBron James made a triumphant return to Cleveland and received a standing ovation from supportive fans before leading the Los Angeles Lakers over the Cavaliers 109-105 on Wednesday.James scored 32 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and made seven assists to spark the Lakers, who closed the contest with an 18-6 run to win for the sixth time in seven games.“We cranked up our defense in the fourth quarter,” James said. “They played a heck of a game but we kept our composure. We’re a young crew. We keep getting better.”It was an emotional night for James in his first game back in his home region since the 33-year-old playmaker left the Cavaliers for the Lakers in July, but nothing like his 2010 return after departing Cleveland for Miami and leaving angry and booing fans feeling betrayed.After returning from Miami in 2014 and making good two years later on his vow to make the Cavs into champions, “King” James was treated like visiting royalty.There were cheers when James trotted onto the court for pre-game warm-ups, a huge standing ovation when he was introduced and, after James scored on the Lakers’ first possession, a video highlight tribute to huge applause.“To come back and get the reception I got, it means a lot not only to myself but my family,” James said.“My 11 years I played for this franchise I tried to give everything I could on and off the court.”The Lakers improved to 10-7, their best record since April 2013, while the Cavs fell to an NBA-worst 2-14.Cleveland’s Jordan Clarkson hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a 96-87 Cavs lead, but James sparked a closing rally with a late 3-pointer, dunk and four free throws.– Sixers edge Pelicans –Cameroonian center Joel Embiid outshined New Orleans big man Anthony Davis to power the Philadelphia 76ers over the Pelicans 121-120.Embiid fouled Davis on a 3-point shot with two seconds remaining. Davis hit two free throws but missed the third and Embiid batted away the rebound to keep the Sixers unbeaten at home (10-0) with a fourth consecutive win.Embiid finished with game highs of 31 points and 19 rebounds with two blocked shots while Davis had 12 points, 16 rebounds, five steals and five blocked shots. Australian Ben Simmons had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the 76ers. E’Twaun Moore and Jrue Holiday each had 30 points for New Orleans.Jonas Valanciunas scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry had 21 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds to spark the NBA-best Toronto Raptors over host Atlanta 124-108. The Canadians rose to 15-4 while the Hawks, led by Jeremy Lin’s 26 points, fell to 3-15.James Harden scored 43 points and Clint Capela added 27 points and 15 rebounds to power the Houston Rockets over visiting Detroit 126-124.– Bucks rip Trail Blazers –Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists to power Milwaukee over Portland 143-100, improving the Bucks to an NBA second-best 13-4 and dropping the Trail Blazers from the Western Conference lead.Moving into the West’s top spot was Memphis, which edged San Antonio 104-103 on two Marc Gasol free throws with 0.7 of a second remaining. Mike Conley scored 30 points and Spaniard Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.Harrison Barnes scored 28 points to lead the host Dallas Mavericks over Brooklyn 119-113 while Paul Millsap scored 25 points to lead Denver in a 103-101 victory at Minnesota.Zach LaVine scored 29 points and Jabari Parker added 20 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago in a 124-116 victory over visiting Phoenix.Sacramento’s Willie Cauley-Stein scored 23 points to lead seven double-figure scorers in the Kings’ 119-110 win at Utah.Reserve Trey Burke had 29 points and 11 assists to lead New York over host Boston 117-109 while Jeremy Walker’s 21 points led seven double-figure scorers for Charlotte in a 127-109 win over visiting Indiana. Share on: WhatsApp