Olympics champ Semenya loses at Swiss courtroom over testosterone guidelines

Geneva, September 9

Two-time Olympics champion Caster Semenya misplaced her lengthy authorized battle towards observe and discipline’s guidelines that restrict feminine runners’ naturally excessive testosterone ranges.

Switzerland’s Supreme Court mentioned its judges dismissed Semenya’s attraction towards a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling final yr that upheld the foundations drafted by observe’s governing physique affecting feminine runners with variations of intercourse improvement (DSD).

The 71-page ruling means Semenya can not defend her Olympics 800-metre title on the Tokyo Games subsequent yr — or compete at any prime meets in distances from 400 metres to the mile — except she agrees to decrease her testosterone stage via treatment or surgical procedure.

The 29-year-old South African repeatedly mentioned she is not going to try this and reiterated her stance in an announcement yesterday. “I am very disappointed by this ruling, but refuse to let World Athletics drug me or stop me from being who I am,” she mentioned. — AP

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