While committed to challenging international gender regulations in court, Olympic champion Caster Semenya acknowledges that her ongoing legal battle could face financial hurdles without adequate support.
Accompanied by her legal team from Norton Rose Fulbright, Semenya addressed the media in Sandton, emphasizing her shift towards advocating for human rights following her retirement from competitive athletics.
“I’ve achieved my goals in sports. Now, I advocate for human rights,” Semenya declared, expressing her desire to empower young African and Asian women.
Despite retiring from track and field after losing an appeal to overturn World Athletics rules, Semenya’s legal journey continues. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) acknowledged her discrimination and privacy violations, offering hope for her ongoing fight against gender restrictions on DSD athletes.
With the Grand Chamber of the ECHR set to hear her case later this year, Semenya seeks financial assistance to cover the costs, which her legal team estimates at R30 million to date. An additional R3.5 million is needed to proceed with the current phase of her legal battle.
“We’re calling on everyone willing to support our cause,” Semenya appealed, highlighting the significance of the case beyond her personal challenges. “It’s about enabling young African and Asian girls to participate in sports.”
The hearing before the Grand Chamber of the ECHR is scheduled for May 15th in Strasbourg.
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