Caster Semenya Can’t Compete Without Taking Drugs

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.

Caster Semenya

The setback comes after the Swiss body upheld its position to deny Caster the opportunity to compete unless she takes hormone suppressing drugs.

Caster Semenya

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.

Caster Semenya

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.

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.

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.

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Source: EWN

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