South Africa female short distance runner, Caster Semenya is thinking of lodging a further appeal, after losing her case at Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against a decision by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to restrict testosterone levels in female runners.
Semenya is thinking seriously about taking her case further, after CAS rejected her challenge against the IAAF’s new rules, despite admitting that there were serious concerns for future practical applications.
CAS further stated that rules for athletes with DSD were discriminatory – but that discrimination was “necessary, reasonable and proportionate” to protect “the integrity of female athletics.”
The court’s concerns about future application of the rules include that athletes might unintentionally break the strict testosterone levels set by the IAAF.
Others are questions about the advantage higher testosterone gives athletes over 1500m, and practicalities for athletes of complying with the new rules.
CAS also asked the IAAF to consider delaying the application of the rules to the 1500m and one mile events until more evidence is available.
Howeverr, Semenya is still eligible to compete at the Diamond League meet in Doha on Friday and can make an appeal against the CAS ruling to the Swiss Tribunal Courts within the next 30 days.
The Olympic 800m champion said in response to the ruling that the IAAF “have always targeted me specifically.”
Now she – and other athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) – must either take medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile, or change to another distance.
“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,” Semenya stated.