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IOC President Thomas Bach as admitted he has "a lot of sympathy" for double Olympic 800 metres gold medallist Caster Semenya ©Getty Images

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Thomas Bach today admitted he had "a lot of sympathy" for Caster Semenya and revealed that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would study the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision which means new eligibility regulations for the female classification for athletes with differences of sex development can now be introduced.

The controversial CAS decision to back the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) means that South Africa's double Olympic 800 metres gold medallist and other affected athletes will have to take medication to reduce her testosterone if she wants to continue running in major competitions at events between 400 metres and a mile.

"First of all I must say I have a lot of sympathy for Caster Semenya over this decision," Bach told Reuters while attending the Australian Olympic Committee Annual General Meeting in Sydney.

"Having said this, the issue as such is extremely complex.

"It has scientific impact, it has ethical impact, it impacts on 'fair play' in competition so it's extremely delicate and it's extremely difficult to do justice to all these [elements].

"What the IOC have been doing is trying to assist the International Federations because it is they who have to take the decision because it is their rules.

"The IOC respects CAS decisions, as we always do...but from a human point of view, yes, I have sympathy for her."

Semenya set a meeting record of 1min 54.98sec in the women’s 800m at the opening IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha last night in what will be her last race before the new regulations officially come into effect next Tuesday (May 8).

The World Medical Association (WMA) yesterday urged its members not to administer drugs which lower the level of testosterone in female athletes.

The IOC plan to study the full CAS decision before issuing a judgement.

"This is why we have this working group, where there are also medical experts," Bach told Reuters.

"They try, as we always try in these situations, to come to what scientists call a consensus.

"This is what they are working on. I am not a medical expert so I cannot comment on the [WMA] statement.

"I have to rely on the experts.

"It is not only scientific, it is not only ethical, it is not only sport, it is also highly emotional.

"I'm afraid for these experts it will be very difficult to find a solution that brings together all these arguments."

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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray | colomurray@gmail.com

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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