The case of Caster Semenya

Olympic champion Caster Semenya lost her appeal Wednesday against rules governing unusually high testosterone in female runners, meaning she and other women like her will have to take medication to suppress their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events.

The 28-year old South African middle distance runner is a two-time Olympic gold medallist, and a three-time World Championship winner in the 800 metres.

In a landmark 2-1 ruling , the highest court in world sports said the proposed rules from track’s governing body, the IAAF, are discriminatory, but “such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means” of “preserving the integrity of female athletics.”

The IAAF argued that unusually high, naturally occurring levels of testosterone in athletes like Semenya with “intersex” conditions that don’t conform to standard definitions of male and female give them an unfair competitive advantage, and it decreed a maximum for female competitors.

What does this mean to Semenya?

Printable version | Jan 15, 2021 11:03:59 AM |

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