ASX set to slide lower as European markets dip


US markets will be closed Thursday and open for half the day on Friday.

Cases of COVID-19 continue to soar around the world, and deaths related to the sickness are growing, hitting more than 1.4 million people cumulatively worldwide. Worries are growing about it spreading during the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.

In Japan, authorities asked restaurants and bars to close early, and people to refrain from travel. European governments are looking to ease existing restrictions ahead of Christmas, though many limits on business are expected to continue.

Economic data has been mixed this week, with reports showing the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid jumped last week to the highest level in more than a month. A separate report showed consumer spending posted the weakest gain since April.

“The market overall has reached by most standards what we call overbought conditions, and that typically suggests that the market would need to digest the gains, perhaps pause a bit, and consolidate,” said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial.

The Commerce Department said US consumer spending, the primary driver of the economy, rose by a sluggish 0.5 per cent in October, the weakest gain since April when the pandemic first erupted. At the same time, the government said that income, which provides the fuel for consumer spending, fell 0.7 per cent in October.

In energy trading, benchmark US crude shed 56 cents to $US45.15 a barrel. Brent crude, the international standard, fell 61 cents to $US47.92 a barrel.

The dollar inched down to 104.25 yen from 104.50 yen. The euro cost $US1.1906, up from $1.1885.

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European Stocks Subdued With Wall Street Shut For Thanksgiving


European equities mostly fell Thursday as dealers nervously eyed coronavirus restrictions in subdued trade, with Wall Street shut for Thanksgiving holiday celebrations, dealers said.

London’s stock market declined as investors digested news on the latest Covid-19 restrictions that will be imposed after England’s current four-week partial lockdown ends next week.

In the eurozone, Paris sagged while Frankfurt flatlined, shrugging off a broadly positive session in Asia that followed this month’s vaccine-fuelled markets rally.

Oil prices stepped lower, while the dollar rose against the euro but fell against the yen.

“There is always a certain weariness about European markets on Thanksgiving Day, knowing that they are almost certainly condemned to a directionless session with little volume and not much movement,” said analyst Chris Beauchamp at trading firm IG.

“Even when there is (movement) it is likely to be quickly unwound once the Americans get fully back in the saddle from Monday.”

Most Asian stocks rose but traders moved cautiously, with an eye on rising virus infections that are forcing governments to impose containment measures across the globe.

With at least three breakthrough Covid-19 vaccines in the pipeline and possibly rolled out within weeks, the general mood on trading floors is upbeat for 2021.

However, a fresh batch of US data underlined the immediate impact of the disease and the long road ahead for economies.

Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting warned that the country’s recovery would be tougher without a new stimulus package.

Official figures showed new jobless applications rose for a second straight week as businesses were hit by a sharp increase in new infections and deaths that have led several major cities including New York and Los Angeles to close bars and restaurants.

The readings gave traders a dose of reality following weeks of fervent buying in reaction to vaccine successes and Joe Biden’s election victory.

“The US data on Wednesday highlighted the economic fragility as the country battles an even more severe wave of Covid-19 than it was faced with earlier this year which is likely to continue to weigh in the coming weeks,” said OANDA Europe analyst Craig Erlam.

“The Fed minutes did not directly hint at more bond buying in December but given the Covid-19 spike and lack of a fiscal response, it is still looking very likely.”

Ahead of the Thanksgiving break, the Dow and S&P 500 ended lower Wednesday after hitting records the day before, while the Nasdaq hit a new all-time high as tech firms surged.

“It’s going to be a very quiet end to the week with the US Thanksgiving bank holiday — and extended weekend for many — leaving a massive void in the markets,” Erlam said.





As the US prepares for Thanksgiving, several cities around the world including New York have been forced to impose containment measures
 AFP / Angela Weiss

“The economic calendar was front loaded this week as a result of the holiday leaving just a few low impact releases over the next couple of days and no major central bank decisions.”

London – FTSE 100: DOWN 0.6 percent at 6,356.23 points

Frankfurt – DAX 30: FLAT at 13,291.17

Paris – CAC 40: DOWN 0.1 percent at 5,566.06

EURO STOXX 50: UP 0.1 percent at 3,513.50

Tokyo – Nikkei 225: UP 0.9 percent at 26,537.31 (close)

Hong Kong – Hang Seng: UP 0.6 percent at 26,819.45 (close)

Shanghai – Composite: UP 0.2 percent at 3,369.73 (close)

New York – Dow: DOWN 0.6 percent at 29,872.47 (close Wednesday)

Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1911 from $1.1917 at 2200 GMT

Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.3363 from $1.3380

Dollar/yen: DOWN at 104.25 yen from 104.46 yen

Euro/pound: UP at 90.89 pence from 90.82 pence

West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 1.2 percent at $45.15 per barrel

Brent North Sea crude: DOWN 1.1 percent at $48.06 per barrel





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Decisive days for Britain trade pact, European Union prepares for a no-deal Brexit


BRUSSELS: The European Commission cannot guarantee there will be a trade pact with Britain after its departure from the European Union and the coming days will be crucial, the EU’s chief executive said on Wednesday, adding the bloc was prepared for a no-deal.

“The next days are going to be decisive. The European Union is well prepared for a no-deal scenario,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament.

“With very little time ahead of us, we will do all in our power to reach an agreement. We are ready to be creative”, she said.





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Noemi Batki: Exceptionally Talented Gold Medalist European Championship Diver talks about Workout, Diet and Beauty Secrets


Noemi Batki is a Hungarian-born Italian diver. She is a member of the Italian National Diving Team. She was born in Budapest, Hungary, and at the age of 3 she moved to Belluno, Italy, with her mother, Ibolya Nagy, a Hungarian platform diver who took part in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

She won her first medal aged 16 at the Junior European Championships in Aachen, Germany, where she won the silver medal in the 3 metres springboard synchro competition, together with her teammate Francesca Dallapè, and won the bronze medal in the platform event.

She has won One Gold, Four Silver and Three Bronze Medals in European Championships from 2011 to 2017 in the 10m platform diving event.

Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar did a candid interview with Noemi Batki, an exceptionally talented gold medalist European Championship Diver where she talks about her workout, diet, hair & skincare, and her success story.

Namita Nayyar:

You are 3XOlympic diver and 9XEuropean medallist. Walk us through your spectacular journey and tell us how it all began?

Noemi Batki:

It’s all my mum’s “fault”, she was a diver as well and she transmitted to me her passion. I watched her dive in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and then day after day I followed her to the pool when she began a coach and I fell in love with this sport more and more. 

Namita Nayyar:

You were all set to hit the Tokyo Olympics this year, but since the year has been shifted, how do you plan to go by it now?

Noemi Batki:

Of course that I’m going. I look forward to it, I’m super excited! I already have my pass, I qualified during the past world championships, so I can focus on the preparation from now on. I’d like also to qualify myself in the synchro event with my partner Chiara Pellacani, so this extra year feels good to me. 

Namita Nayyar:

Introduce us to a day in your life. Do share your home-work & challenges before setting out for a dive?

Noemi Batki:

I wake up at7 and I have breakfast. I train from 8:30 to 11:30 and I have lunch at 12:30. Then I take a nap until my second training, from 15:30 to 18. Then I go back to my room to study or to read a book. I have dinner around 20 and then I love to watch TV series. I fell asleep around 23. I like this routine even if it’s very exhausting, that’s why I love weekends when I can wake up without alarm, and take some time off to do what I want without planning anything. 

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European regulator to lift Boeing 737 MAX grounding in January



FILE PHOTO: Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are seen parked at Boeing facilities at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, U.S. November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo

November 21, 2020

By Tim Hepher

PARIS (Reuters) – Europe is set to lift its flight ban on the Boeing 737 MAX passenger jetliner in January after U.S. regulators last week ended a 20-month grounding triggered by two fatal crashes.

The head of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said in remarks aired on Saturday that the 737 MAX was safe to fly after changes to the design of the jet that crashed twice in five months in 2018 and 2019, killing 346 people.

“We wanted to carry out a totally independent analysis of the safety of this aircraft, so we performed our own checks and flight tests,” Executive Director Patrick Ky told the Paris Air Forum, an online aviation conference hosted by La Tribune.

“All these studies tell us that the 737 MAX can return to service. We have started to put in place all the measures,” he said. “It is likely that in our case we will adopt the decisions, allowing it to return to service, some time in January.”

EASA’s decision is seen as the most important milestone after the FAA’s approval since, as the watchdog responsible for Airbus, it too carries significant weight in the industry.

Officials confirmed a draft EASA directive proposing to end the grounding in Europe will be published next week, followed by a 30-day comment period. After finishing touches, that would lead to an ungrounding decision in January.

How long it takes for flights to resume in Europe depends on pilot training and the amount of time it takes airlines to upgrade software and carry out other actions mandated by EASA.

In the United States, commercial flights are scheduled to start on Dec. 29, just under six weeks after the FAA order was published on Nov 18.

EASA represents the 27 European Union countries plus four other nations including Norway, which has 92 of the aircraft on order. Until Dec 31, it also represents the United Kingdom, which left the EU bloc in January.

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The crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia triggered a slew of investigations faulting Boeing for poor design and the FAA for lax oversight. They also placed tight-knit FAA relations with Boeing under scrutiny.

“It is clear that there were a number of dysfunctions in (FAA) actions and their relations with Boeing,” Ky said. “I won’t go into details as it is not up to me to do that. The FAA is in the process of putting in place corrective measures.”

He said EASA would change some of its own methods and take a more detailed role in analysing critical features in foreign jets. It would also be “more intransigent” about ensuring that key safety reviews are completed before moving on to the next steps, Ky said. Until now, one primary regulator certifies a plane and others mainly follow suit after varying degrees of independent checks.

“What will change is the way in which we validate and certify Boeing aircraft, that’s clear, but will it have an impact on (certification) timings? No, I don’t think so; we will do things differently,” Ky said.

Boeing is developing the 777X, a larger version of its 777.

EASA is widely seen as emerging strengthened from the Boeing crisis and some regulators are waiting for its decisions on the MAX rather than immediately following the FAA as in the past.

FAA chief Steve Dickson played down any differences last week, saying there was “very little daylight” between regulators and that the FAA worked closely with Europe, Canada and Brazil.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Andrew Heavens/Louise Heavens and Grant McCool)





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Pollution results less impressive during second European lockdown


Air pollution levels have remained relatively high despite the latest phase of coronavirus-linked restrictions imposed across many European capitals in recent weeks, according to data analysed by the Financial Times. 

The environmental benefits from Lockdown 2.0 are much slimmer than that of the spring lockdown, satellite data from Copernicus, the EU climate monitoring agency, shows.

Levels of nitrogen dioxide, which is produced from cars and trucks, have seen only modest declines — and in some cases appeared to increase — as the lockdowns took effect.

In contrast to the previous wave of lockdowns, when the level of major pollutants fell 50 per cent or more in European cities, there have been higher levels of vehicle traffic in recent weeks than during the spring. Even as the major capitals have closed restaurants, shops and bars, air pollution has not followed suit.

Corinne Le Quéré, a professor of climate change science at the University of East Anglia, said that the first lockdown had a much bigger effect in lowering emissions because it was accompanied by sharp reduction in car use.

“In the second lockdown the effect on nitrogen dioxide has been much less — about half the effect we had initially [during first lockdown],” she said. “This is directly related to the amount of miles travelled through the car, and how much the economy is paralysed.”

The trends indicate greater movement around cities as people have turned to their cars to avoid the risk of contact.

In Rome, nitrogen dioxide levels have fluctuated, the satellite data shows, as the city lifted traffic restrictions due to the pandemic. 

In Madrid, where there was a curfew in place in early November rather than a full lockdown, those levels were 46 per cent higher than usual for that period.

The FT analysis is based on satellite data for nitrogen dioxide levels for November 5 to November 14, compared with the same period during 2018 and 2019. Weather patterns can also impact the satellite readings of nitrogen dioxide levels.

Traffic data from TomTom also shows that some cities, such as Berlin, currently have more traffic than usual. Rome, Madrid and London all had traffic levels that were more than 30 per cent below normal levels, but much higher than during the first lockdown.

Road traffic has remained above March levels during November lockdowns, Charts showing % change in road traffic levels vs average of 2018 and 2019    

In London, roadside pollution data shows that the city’s busiest streets have seen significantly smaller pollution declines during the current lockdown, compared with the spring. 

“This sort of lockdown hasn’t been anything near as severe as the one we had in April and May,” said Simon Birkett, director of Clean Air London.

His calculations show that on Marylebone Road, which is among London’s most polluted streets, the levels of nitrogen dioxide in November were 21 per cent below January levels — compared with a 74 per cent drop in May.

That picture changes when examining London’s carbon dioxide emissions, which are produced from burning fossil fuels, including petrol vehicles and gas-fired boilers and heating systems. 

Transport use has remained high during November lockdown. Chart showing % of transport use during Covid pandemic compared to an equivalent day or week in normal times

Previously unreported data on carbon dioxide emissions in central London, analysed by the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, shows that despite roads being busier than during the spring lockdown, central London had a 45 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions since the latest lockdown began. That compares to a 52 per cent reduction during the first lockdown.

Carole Helfter, an environmental physicist at CEH, said that the decline shown in the data, collected from the top of BT Tower in Fitzrovia, could be the result of less power and heating in shops and offices that were closed as well as less central road traffic.

“It does look dramatic, but one thing that is worth stressing is that these gases are long lived, especially CO2,” she said, noting that the long-term impact on global warming could continue.

“These gases will linger for years and years, so we don’t have the hindsight to see, what kind of difference 2020 has really made.”

Prof Le Quéré, said the difference in emissions between the first lockdown and the second, showed the impact of people changing their behaviour, as well as the limits of that change.

“The changes that are affecting the emissions . . . they are not structural, they are not here to stay,” she said. “What we see from this experience is that just behaviour change, in terms of tackling climate change, can only do so much, not all that much.”

Additional reporting by Dan Dombey in Madrid and Silvia Borrelli in Rome



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European leaders urged to prepare for no-deal Brexit, Michel Barnier tests positive for COVID


If a deal isn’t reached by year-end, businesses and consumers will face disruption and cost as tariffs and quotas return. In recent days, though, officials on both sides had privately voiced cautious optimism that a deal could be concluded as soon as next week, suggesting the comments by the two leaders may be an attempt to pressure the UK government to compromise.

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After eight months of negotiations, the two sides still have work to do to get past long standing sticking points — including access to UK fishing waters, a level playing field for business, and how any agreement is enforced — and the time required for any deal to be ratified is running short. The post-Brexit transition period expires December 31.

Rona Thompson, who is the third generation of Thompson family sheep farmers in Romney Marsh, England, said that her greatest concern over the current Brexit negotiations was the uncertainty.

Her fear is that a no-deal Brexit would leave much of the stock “worthless”. He said potential tax rises on export into EU markets, and high prices that UK consumers were not able or prepared to pay, have cast a shadow of the future viability of the business.

The National Sheep Association has warned that 45,000 British sheep farmers could experience a price collapse in the event of a no-deal Brexit as EU tariffs on lamb would be between 46 and 48 per cent. Ninety per cent of British lamb is exported to the EU.

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Members of the British negotiating team, who haven’t gone into quarantine, will return to London shortly, according to a person familiar with the talks. A government spokesperson said discussions with the EU would continue remotely until it was judged safe to resume them in person.

This isn’t the first time the coronavirus has disrupted the negotiations. In March, Barnier, Frost and several members of their teams were forced into isolation after either testing positive for, or showing symptoms of, COVID-19. The two sides were also forced to suspend face-to-face discussions as Europe went into a Continent-wide lockdown earlier this year.

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European Muslims are already European – POLITICO



H.A. Hellyer is a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

By definition, something that’s “counterproductive” achieves the opposite result from the one that you want to achieve. As I’ve pondered European Council President Charles Michel’s call for the creation of a European institute to train imams, it’s that word — counterproductive — that has come to mind again and again.

There’s nothing untoward, intrinsically speaking, to favor the establishment and development of Muslim institutions of religious authority in Europe. That simply follows an existing pattern for Muslim communities historically and worldwide.

Muslim Chinese developed their own institutions when Islam took root in China in the 8th century. Southeast Asian seminaries for Islamic learning in the Malay Archipelago have been renowned for their expertise for hundreds of years. Ottoman traditional madrasas, South African institutes — wherever Muslims lived, they have created their own training institutions.

Sadly, Michel’s intervention risks impeding that process tremendously. The way in which the discourse is unfolding is not just going to fail to deliver, it’s likely to delay the undertaking tremendously and possibly cause irrevocable damage to the entire venture.

I’ve spent the better part of 20 years researching Muslim European communities. What I’ve found offers great ground for optimism — but also much cause for concern in terms of how they’ve often been engaged with.

First, the optimism. If the supposition is that there are no efforts at indigenization within Europe’s Muslim community, I have good news. Efforts exist, and they’ve been created from the ground up. There are institutions like the Cambridge Muslim College in the U.K. that educate graduates from existing Islamic seminaries, giving them additional contextualized training. They’ve also developed their own university-seminary program — one I teach in myself.

Western Muslims are similarly learning their religion in numerous seminaries and institutions across the European Union. Many of them are, indeed, traveling further afield to study; to places like Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Indonesia and Jordan then returning to their home countries, in full awareness that there is a need to contextualize. Could they do better? I’m sure they could. Particularly if such organic institutions, built from the ground up rather than the top down, had access to educational funds — not “counter-extremism support” — from the state, rather than relying on charity fundraising. But, irrespective, they do exist.

Now, the causes for concern. First, when governments get involved in indigenization, the efforts are all too often cast as part of a broader counter-extremism or counterterrorism strategy. That might make sense to certain parts of the policy establishment, but it is wholly counterproductive when it comes to the Muslim communities the effort is targeting.

No community wants to feel it is being engaged with because it is a “problem” — a “difficulty” that has come from “outside.” Rather, they want to be recognized as integral to the society of which they are a part, and given assistance in order to excel — not because the establishment fears them.

Any institution for the training of imams established against such a backdrop of “countering extremism” will run the risk of being counterproductive, even if the institution itself is an excellent idea. Communities will not see it as governments trying to help; they’ll see it as governments trying to social engineer them in ways that governments should never do — and never do with other communities, religious or otherwise. The best thing that European politicians can do for such institutions is to ensure they never talk about them and “counter-extremism” in the same discussion again.

Graduates from such institutions may well curry favor with European officialdom — but the communities they are meant to counsel and guide will not view them as credible, or take them seriously. The entire project of indigenization itself could become a suspect one, indelibly linked to securitization and counter-extremism narratives, rather than the flourishing of an indigenous expression of Islam in these lands. And thus, any indigenization effort — including wholly independent ones — could be framed as against the best interests of these communities.

French President Emmanuel Macron recently raised — quite incorrectly — concerns around “separatism” among Muslim communities in his country. The creation of an institute established from the top down could inadvertently move us closer to, rather than further away from, such an outcome.

The story of European Islam is not a new one. It goes back 14 centuries, and it has roots across the Continent. The current era has its own challenges and specificities, but Muslim Europeans aren’t operating from a tabula rasa — they have the experiences of previous generations, whether among European Muslim communities in the Balkans, the descendants of Muslim Spaniards who have rediscovered their roots in Muslim Andalusia, recent convert communities, or the generations of descendants of immigrants over the last few decades. All of these are part of that story.

Muslim Europeans have a rich heritage to draw on. We should want to encourage the organic process of continually teaching and uncovering that background — rather than stifle it via securitization efforts. If we engage in the wrong way, we will engender precisely that sense of marginalization, and invite the foreign influence we claim to want to avoid.





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Don’t cut back on military spending because of COVID-19, European defence chief warns


European defence chiefs have warned against “chaotic” cutbacks to military spending because of budgetary pressures caused by COVID-19.

The global pandemic has pressured leaders in Europe to re-evaluate how much they money put both into their national defence budgets and into the European Defence Fund.

In May, the fund’s budget allocation was revised to €8 billion.

But Jiří Šedivý, the chief executive of the European Defence Agency, said it was important that the pandemic did not distract policymakers from the security situation of the new decade.

He pointed out that cuts to defence budgets on the continent following the 2007-08 financial crisis had had a dramatic impact, and that most countries had only returned to their pre-2007 levels last year.

European defence spending fell by as much as 11 percent in the decade after the crash, according to DGBAP, the German Council on Foreign Relations.

Šedivý told a panel at the European Business Summit this week: “We should avoid actually what happened ten years ago when, as a consequence of the financial economic crisis, member states in EU, allies in NATO were cutting deep, very chaotically. We managed to get onto the level of 2007, before the crisis, only last year.

“We need to try to convince member states and allies that they should try to moderate their cuts.

“Also, the geopolitical situation is much worse than it used to be 10 years ago. So despite COVID, geopolitical competition is ongoing and even sharpening.”

For Joanneke Balfoort from the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomatic service, the solution was for member states to work together and share the costs of defence spending.

“I think that the issue that we’re looking at is to cooperate and through cooperation to be more effective and efficient, she said.

“I think that’s one thing you see that member state are still [having] to get used to, but in the end I think you will get more defence with less.”

Both the EEAS and the EDA operate as part of a European Union mechanism known as PESCO, in which 25 of the EU’s 27 member states are working to integrate their armed forces.

Denmark and Malta have opted out of PESCO.

Earlier this year the EU launched a “task force” to mobilise national armies to transport patients and medical supplies from one country to another within the bloc.



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Caster Semenya takes World Athletics to European Court of Human Rights over testosterone rule


South African double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is taking her fight with World Athletics to the European Court of Human Rights.

Semenya is one of a number of female athletes with differences in sexual development (DSD), who World Athletics insist must reduce their naturally high levels of testosterone in order to compete.

This can be done either through the use of drugs or surgical interventions.

The regulations are for runners who compete in distances from 400m to one mile (1600m).

Women described as having DSD are said to have an unfair advantage due to excessive, but naturally occurring, testosterone in their system

Semenya has vowed to fight the regulations but has already lost an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and another subsequent plea to the Swiss Federal Tribunal (SFT) asking for the CAS ruling to be set aside.

But on Tuesday her lawyers confirmed the runner would take her case to the European Court of Human Rights.

“We remain hopeful that World Athletics will see the error it has made and reverse the prohibitive rules which restrict Ms Semenya from competing,” Semenya’s lawyer Greg Nott said.

The South African champion burst onto the scene as a teenager winning gold in the 800m at the 2009 World Championships.

She went on to win the 800m gold medal at the next two Olympic Games.

However, her success has been controversial due to her being an athlete with DSD.

The new regulations were introduced in 2018 and were immediately challenged by Semenya.

In 2019, the ruling against her was upheld by CAS.

Following this Semenya said she would not conform to the regulations and forcefully lower her natural testosterone levels.

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Caster Semenya confirms she will not reduce testosterone levels after winning Diamond League race in 2019.

World Athletics have consistently said the regulations are aimed at creating a level playing field for all athletes.

“World Athletics has always maintained that its regulations are lawful and legitimate, and that they represent a fair, necessary and proportionate means of ensuring the rights of all female athletes to participate on fair and equal terms,” the governing body said in a statement after the SFT case.

Then new regulations were also criticised by medical professionals.

The World Medical Association in 2019 urged physicians against performing these procedures on athletes.

The organisation’s chairman, Frank Ulrich Montgomery told ABC’s The Ticket that doctors should not be taking part in the practice.

“We do think it is extremely serious if international sports regulations demand physicians to prescribe medication — hormonally active medication — for athletes in order to reduce normal conditions in their body,” he said.

Athletics South Africa insist Semenya is still part of their team for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year, though over what distance remains to be seen.

She has also been competing in the 200-metre sprint, which falls outside of the World Athletics regulations.

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