Sports court rules Caster Semenya is too strong for women's under-400m races

Sports court rules Caster Semenya is too strong for women's under-400m races

South African athlete, Caster Semenya has lost her landmark case against the IAAF on whether she can be allowed to compete in female competitions barring any restrictions on her testosterone levels.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) turned down the challenge of South African runner Caster Semenya against the International Association Athletics Federations' (IAAF) new rules with regards to what levels of testosterone a female runner can have to compete.

The BBC reports that in the aftermath of the May 1, 2019 ruling, Semenya, 28, said in response that the IAAF "have always targeted me specifically".

The 800-metre Olympic champion continued: "For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger. The decision of 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."

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Previously, she had said that she wanted to "run naturally, the way I was born".

Now Semenya and other athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD), must either take medication in order to compete in track events from 400 metres to the mile, or change to another distance.

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CAS found that the rules for athletes with DSD were discriminatory - but that the discrimination was "necessary, reasonable and proportionate" to protect "the integrity of female athletics".

The ruling has sparked debate extending outside of sports to human rights. Basically, the CAS ruling states that Semenya is too strong to compete with average women.

It is at now unknown if Semenya will file an appeal against the ruling.

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