The Double Olympic gold medallist and 800m world-record holder, who has been embroiled in a long battle to compete despite having higher levels testosterone, has lost her court case at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.
The setback comes after the Swiss body upheld its position to deny Caster the opportunity to compete unless she takes hormone suppressing drugs.
This simply means that Mogkadi, as she is affectionately known, won’t be able to defend her 800m title at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
The star athlete Tweeted her disappointment but in Caster Semenya fashion, she also reiterated that she was also a winner and her accomplishments cannot be taken away from her.
Chills my people,A man can change the rules but the very same man can not rule my life,What I’m saying is that I might have failed against them the truth is that I have won this battle long ago,Go back to my achievements then you will understand.Doors might be closed not locked.
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) September 8, 2020
The Swiss federal tribunal said that it supported a decision by CAS, the court of arbitration for sport, that track and field’s policy for athletes with differences in sex development is imperative to ensure fair competition in women’s sport.
South African athlete Caster Semenya will no longer be allowed to compete in track events between 400m and a mile unless she takes hormone-lowering drugs, after losing an appeal.
In 2019, she spoke about her ongoing legal battle with World Athletics over its testosterone rules. pic.twitter.com/KIncXRT5Oi
— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 8, 2020
I know that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically,” Semenya said in a statement after the issuance of the decision. “For a decade, the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger.’
She added, ‘The decision of the CAS will not hold me back. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.’
Despite her positivity during such a difficult time, the rest of the world has been Tweeting their support for Caster, while slamming the decision upheld by the Swiss Court.
So If testosterone was measured in, say %, suppose #CasterSemenya is on 90% & the average woman is supposed to be 60%, would that mean a woman who’s on 45% may take drugs that’ll increase theirs to 60%? Cos at the end of the day, both caster & the 45% woman will both be on 60%.🤔 https://t.co/29MUKETvaa
— Manamela08 (@manamelaMA1) September 9, 2020
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