Caster Semenya has lost an appeal against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners.
The South African 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya has lost her landmark legal case against athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, in a decision that will send shockwaves through the sport.
In the wake of the verdict, Semenya said she had been targeted by the IAAF. In a statement released by her lawyers, she said:
“I know that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically. For a decade 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. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.”
In response to the verdict, she tweeted: