Episode 1147: Caster Semenya, The IAAF And The Ongoing Debate On Inter-Sex Athletes, Bayern Bore, LeBron Leaps
South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya has had an extraordinary career in athletics, culminating with her Olympics win in Rio in 2016. But rules brought in this week by the IAAF have put her front and centre once again in another debate about the place hyper-androgenic athletes have in sport.
IAAF doctor calls for intersex category in athletics within five to 10 years https://t.co/ib5iUbU6eU
— The Guardian (@guardian) April 26, 2018
We’re joined on today’s show by David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene, to talk about the IAAF’s new set of eligibility rules, and what it means for the concept of fairness, while simultaneously trying to ensure no-one is denied the chance to compete at the top of world sport.
So that sort of explains the events chosen in the current policy. However:
– it doesn’t explain why pole vault and hammer are apparently not included, and;
– it doesn’t explain why 1500m has been added.
The 1500m addition gives this the appearance of being anti-Semenya only.
— Ross Tucker (@Scienceofsport) April 26, 2018
We also talk about Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and why even the best TV shows have a dud episode or two in every season. Plus we mention the doctor to the stars, and a manager to the stars that it turns out actually has some serious game.
I don’t want to shock you, but I think double Champions League winning manager Zinedine Zidane might be quite a good coach https://t.co/ziavz6MovX
— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 26, 2018
And with the NBA playoffs in full flow, we marvel at LeBron’s ability to be the hero, once again.
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Has he some work-ons for Klopp – YES
Does he do a Champions League Magazine voiceover – YES
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