South African Double Olympic 800m champion, Caster Semenya, has won the case at the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled she was a victim of discrimination.
The 31-year-old, who was classified as “having differences in sexual development”, has refused to take testosterone-lowering drugs as mandated by the sport’s international federation, World Athletics.
Semenya approached the European court in 2021 after losing an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Switzerland’s appeals court.
The decision could see the re-examination of regulations that force some female athletes to artificially reduce naturally high testosterone levels in order to compete top positions.
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Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, has won her appeal to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the infringement on her rights after the ruling that she, & other athletes with naturally higher testosterone, must take testosterone-lowering medication to be able to compete. https://t.co/epVkwstwVF pic.twitter.com/J9oZIMsHoB
— @AmnestySAfrica (@AmnestySAfrica) July 11, 2023
Written by: Ntsako Mukhari