Caster Semenya loses case with IAAF
On Wednesday 1 May, it was announced that former UP athlete and Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya had lost her court case against a ruling by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
The verdict handed out by the court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Semenya must comply with the rules set by the IAAF, which is aimed regulating, by means of medication, the testosterone levels of female athletes in international events. The court said that the ruling is “a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletes in the restricted events.”
The ruling applies to athletic events covering distances of between 400 metres and 1600 metres, including the 800-metre event for which Semenya has won gold in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Regarding the ruling, the IAAF has said that they are “grateful for the ruling”, adding that it gives runners “time to begin medicating.”
Semenya, who has been fighting the IAAF since 2009, said in a statement that “the IAAF has tried to slow me down. But this has actually made me stronger. The decision of the CAS will not hold me back.”