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Semenya may never compete unless she takes hormone reducing drugs

By Tatenda Marwodzi

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The Federal Supreme court of Switzerland made a ruling earlier today that could prevent South Afrcan Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya from competing in women’s track events. According to the ruling “Semenya will no longer be allowed to compete in track events between 400m and the mile unless she takes testosterone suppressing drugs”.

The news has been received with outrage by the athlete and her legal team who have promised to “challenge the findings”. “The setback will not be the end of Caster’s story,” her lawyer Gregg Nott said. The Supreme Court ruling comes almost a year since Semenya appealed the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that placed a cap on testosterone levels in female events.

Semenya was identified as female at birth, raised as female but has unusually high levels of testosterone due to a sexual development disorder. It is due to this that CAS felt she had an unfair advantage. According to the 2019 CAS decision, Semenya could only compete in women’s events if she took hormonal suppressing drugs or underwent medical surgery.

“I refuse to let World Athletics drug me or stop me from being who I am. Excluding female athletes or endangering our health solely because of our natural abilities puts World Athletics on the wrong side of history,” she said in a statement. Despite the unfortunate ruling, she is in high spirits and is resolute that no one can take away her achievements. She is currently training for 200m track events which at the moment do not have testosterone level caps.


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