One of our biggest athletes in Mzansi, Caster Semenya and is still in a legal battle with World Athletics and the negotiations will continue at the European Court of Human Rights, her lawyer confirmed on Tuesday.
The Olympic 800m gold medallist’s career has hit dead-end in the past two years after the sports governing body introduced new rules that regulate the maximum testosterone levels in women competing in middle-distance running.
Having taken another blow in trying to return to competition when the Court of Arbitration for Sports ruled in favour of World Athletics, the 28-year-old is taking the fight to another court. Her legal representative, Greg Nott made the announcement. “With growing support from institutions and bodies across the globe‚ we remain hopeful that World Athletics will see the error it has made and reverse the prohibitive rules which restrict Ms Semenya from competing‚” Nott said.
He added: “The increasing number of institutions that have shown their support for Ms Semenya reinforces that it is not acceptable to require a black‚ or any other woman‚ to either have invasive surgery or unethical hormonal treatment to curtail natural biological functions‚ to compete. We remain inspired by Ms Semenya’s indomitable spirit and will remain steadfast in our stand against discrimination until she is allowed to run free from persecution.”
Hopefully everything works in her favour so she can start representing the country again.
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