Across the Net: Issue 20
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Hyperandrogenic athletes Chand and Semenya are well-known for being the faces of the fight against regulations set by the IAAF* on how much testosterone is too much for them to be OK with in a female athlete's body. It was Semenya's success that initially instigated the regulations in 2011, following which the South African began to take hormone surpassing drugs in order to continue competing, a preferable alternative to the IAAF's encouraged route of unnecessary invasive surgery. 21-year-old Chand, however, wanting to continue to compete just as she was, took the IAAF to court in order to secure her future as an athlete.
In 2015 the regulation limit was suspended and since then Semenya and Chand have been able to compete unhindered while the IAAF attempt to find proof. Last Friday it was announced that the final decision has been suspended for another 6 months, meaning both athletes [and others] will continue to race through to the Summer. For a deeper insight, check out this article on the history of hyperandrogenic & intersex athletes in what has become a kind of 'biological racism'.
*IAAF = International Association of Athletics Federations
Top seed Simona Halep and comeback queen Caroline Wozniacki will be going head to head this weekend in the first Grand Slam final of the year. Halep had a strong start in her semi-final match on Thursday morning in which she defeated the title-favourite Angelique Kerber, but the rest of the match proved to be pretty intense, saying afterwards "I'm shaking, I'm very emotional. She's a very tough opponent.” Wozniacki's semi-final win was more straightforward, however having suffered from injuries and ranking world No. 74 just sixteen months ago, the final is sure to be a close one not without drama.
As Pyeongchang prepares to host the 2018 Winter Games in a wave of new sports venues, and we all prepare our schedules around the curling events, consider the future of these sites. Photographer Kim Hong-Ji had access to this deserted ski resort only around 100km away from where all the action will be taking place in February, a haunting contrast to the excitement that surrounds an Olympics.
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Oh man, where do we start? We were tempted to title this section 'man with zero experience in women's football, or as a manager really, given top job oh and also he's a bit sexist'. It's a decision so baffling maybe the FA even owe Phil an apology for appointing him? Hmmm. We've got nothing.
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This is the most delightful note we could possible end on. Anna Hursey, AKA the best 11-year-old player her coach has EVER SEEN, played in her first international tournament in table tennis aged seven and repped Wales for the first time last year, so to be honest it's probably about time she was taking on the Commonwealth Games, right? Immediate idol status.
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2nd | RUGBY UNION
Six Nations Begins: Wales v. Scotland
Watch Live in Colwyn Bay
9th – 25th | WINTER OLYMPICS
Pyeongchang, South Korea
Watch Live on BBC
17th – 18th | ATHLETICS
British Indoor Champs
Watch Live in Birmingham
17th – 18th | GYMNASTICS
British Champs, Acrobatic
Watch Live in Stoke