“The IAAF’s [proposed] regulations do not empower anyone. Rather‚ they represent yet another flawed and hurtful attempt to police the sex of female athletes. Ms Semenya’s courage and perseverance in her fight to run free is an inspiration to young athletes in her home country of South Africa and around the globe.”
The experts named by Semenya are:
“Prof Veronica Gomez-Lobo (Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University and the Director of the DSD Clinic at the Children’s National Health System in Washington‚ DC. She is a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist with specialized experience in DSD.
“Dr Alun Williams is the Director of the Sports Genomics Laboratory at Manchester Metropolitan University. He specializes in genetic differences that impact athletic performance and has published numerous academic papers on the topic‚ including original research data.
“Professor Eric Vilain is a geneticist specialized in gender-based and endocrine genetics‚ including DSD. He has spent almost a decade analyzing whether female athletes with DSD should be subject to regulation‚ including in consultation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and as part of working groups including IAAF representatives.
“Professor Roger Pielke Jr is the director of the Sports Governance Center at the University of Colorado. He holds degrees in mathematics‚ public policy and political science. With over 25 years of experience in the field of science and technology policy‚ with a particular emphasis on sport governance‚ he is considered a world leading expert in this area.