Caster Semenya loses testosterone legal case against IAAF

The South African 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya is considering an appeal after losing her landmark legal case against athletics’ governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), in a decision that could jeopardise her career as an athlete.

On Wednesday, Semenya lost her court challenge against IAAF rules forcing female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels, but judges voiced concern with the application of the “discriminatory” regulations.

Caster Semenya and ASA requested that the DSD Regulations be declared invalid and void with immediate effect. They consider them as being discriminatory, unnecessary, unreliable and disproportionate.

The decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) means that women with higher testosterone will now have to take suppressive treatment if they wish to compete against women in certain events.

The verdict caused emotional reactions on social media.

@LeagoAdventures said the IAAF findings dictate that Caster must conform, run as a man or take hormone reduction drugs, for a state she was born in.

“All because she’s brilliant at what she does! God complex is real BUT NOT WITH OUR CASTER. Hands off Caster Semenya,” she tweeted.

The full award with reasons remains confidential for the moment but an executive summary will be published by the CAS shortly. The CAS award may be appealed at the Swiss Federal Tribunal within 30 days.

By Mndaba Lindelani

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