Lausanne: Caster Semenya will be unable to defend her 800m gold at the Doha athletics World Championships after a Swiss court overturned a temporary ruling that allowed her to compete in international events without taking testosterone-suppressing drugs.
South African Semenya is locked in a court battle with the IAAF, track and field’s governing body, over rules that require her to take the drugs to counter her naturally high testosterone levels.
A Swiss Federal Supreme Court judge on Tuesday reversed a June ruling that had temporarily thrown out the IAAF regulations upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) while her appeal is pending.
The “Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification (Athletes with Differences of Sex Development)” (DSD Regulations) are again applicable to Caster Semenya. sports news headlines
“The Swiss Federal Supreme Court revokes its Super-Provisional Order of 31 May 2019 after hearing the counterparty (IAAF) and dismisses Caster Semenya’s request for the provisional suspension of the DSD Regulations, respectively for suspensive effect for her appeal against the decision of the Court ofArbitration for Sport.
“The Federal Supreme Court also rejects the request of AthleticsSouth Africa, which had requested the suspension of the DSD Regulations for allfemale athletes. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has, however, not yet reached afinal decision on the appeal itself,” the court said.
The 28-year-old was legally classified as female at birth and has identified as female her whole life. She was born with the typical male XY chromosome pattern and a condition that results in male and female biological characteristics and testosterone higher than the typical female range. sports world
The IAAF has argued that athletes with her condition are “biologically male,” an assertion that Semenya calls “deeply hurtful.”
“I am very disappointed to be kept from defending my hard-earned title, but this will not deter me from continuing my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned,” Semenya said in a statement. sports world
She is a two-time Olympic champion in the 800, including in 2012 when she was taking hormone suppressants, which she said had side effects including weight gain, nausea, fevers and abdominal pain. sports news headlines
Tuesday’s ruling means she cannot compete in events ranging from the 400 to the mile. The world championships will stretch from September 28 to October 6 in Doha, Qatar. sports world sports news headlines