Semenya loses appeal over restriction of testosterone levels

Caster Semenya LOSES appeal in Swiss Federal Supreme Court over restriction of testosterone levels in female athletes… meaning South African star cannot defend her Olympic 800m title in Toyko next year

  • Caster Semenya lost an appeal over testosterone restrictions for female athletes
  • The South African star appealed against a Court Of Arbitration ruling last year  
  • The ruling means she cannot defend her Olympic 800m title in Tokyo next year  

Caster Semenya finally lost her long legal battle Tuesday against track and field’s rules to limit female runners’ naturally high testosterone levels.

Switzerland’s supreme court said its judges dismissed Semenya’s appeal against a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling last year that upheld the rules drafted by track’s governing body affecting female runners with differences of sex development.

The Swiss Federal Tribunal said CAS ‘had the right to uphold the conditions of participation issued for female athletes with the genetic variant `46 XY DSD’ in order to guarantee fair competition for certain running disciplines in female athletics.’

Caster Semenya lost her appeal against restrictions of testosterone levels for female athletes

The ruling means Semenya cannot defend her Olympic 800-meter title at the Tokyo Games next year, or compete at any top meets in distances from 400 meters to the mile, unless she agrees to lower her testosterone level through medication or surgery. She has repeatedly said she won’t do that.

The federal court said it was limited to examining ‘whether the CAS decision violates fundamental and widely recognised principles of public order. That is not the case.’

The federal judgment came more than a year after the two-time Olympic 800-meter champion lost a previous ruling from the same court.

That July 2019 verdict overturned a temporary ruling which had allowed Semenya briefly to compete in the 800 meters at international events without taking testosterone-suppressing drugs.

The ruling means the South African will be unable to defend her 800m Olympic title next year

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