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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced that South African intersex athlete Caster Semenya is currently permitted to compete over any distance. The ban was lifted until the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland deliberates on her human rights complaint.
This fight is not just about me, it's about taking a stand and fighting for dignity, equality and the human rights of women in sport. All we ask is to be able to run free as the strong and fearless women we are!! Thank you to all of those who have stood behind me✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/0PdBiujH8b— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) February 25, 2021
The CAS, however, did rule that World Athletics could implement a regulation that would require Semenya to take medication to lower her testosterone levels. The T-level suppressor would allow her to compete against women in track events ranging from 400 metres to a mile. She remains defiant and that is the impetus behind the appeal.
She has won Olympic gold in the 800m event.
“I am thankful to the Swiss judges for this decision. I hope that following my appeal I will once again be able to run free.” Semenya said in a statement released this week.
The 30-year-old is an Olympic 800-metre gold medallist. She twice has been ordered to take medication to lower her naturally high levels of testosterone. Both times she was unsuccessful in appealing the rulings.
Semenya lost her latest appeal which was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as well as the Swiss Supreme Court.