Strong Canadian links to ground-breaking Caster Semenya human rights case
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which has now adopted a South-African tabled resolution to defend Ms Caster Semenya’s rights to participate in sports, is not the only international organisation lending its full support to this precedent-setting case.
The Southern Africa-Canada Chamber of Commerce (SACANCHAM) is behind Ms Semenya’s challenge against the proposed International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) regulations through her lawyers, Norton Rose Fulbright Inc in South Africa and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Canada. Norton Rose Fulbright lead-attorney on the case, Mr Gregory Nott, is also Chairperson of SACANCHAM.
The team is challenging the “Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification” of the IAAF.
Speaking in Johannesburg this morning, SACANCHAM CEO Mr Mike Morgan said, “We as the Chamber are proud to lend our full support towards this remarkable case, led by our Chairperson, Mr Gregory Nott. The outcome of this case will affect human rights not just for Ms Semenya, but for all athletes around the world, including in Canada. We are passionate about eliminating discrimination of any form and strongly believe in human rights for all. The international community has a duty to protect and defend the rights of Caster Semenya and other female athletes like her across the world. In addition, we are proud of our Chairperson, Mr Gregory Nott, for his tireless human rights work and salute his efforts in this case.”
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has revealed that the widely anticipated decision on these controversial new international gender regulations has been delayed by a month. The ruling is now expected towards the end of April 2019.