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Caster Semenya‘s lawyer said her case is going to the European Court of Human Rights. They are hoping to turn over a rule that currently forces her to take testosterone-suppressing measures to compete in the 800m event.
“We will be taking World Athletics to the European Court of Human Rights, and public support goes a long way to help show how the rules from World Athletics are against the public interest,” said Lawyer Greg Nott on Tuesday. “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.”
The testosterone-levelling drug, limits testosterone levels in women and is now required for middle-distance events for women who live with hyperandrogenism.
She switched to the 200m sprint, however, so far, has been unable to meet the Tokyo Olympic standard for the event.
On the other hand, she went undefeated at 800m since the start of 2016. She and the other two Rio 800m medallists have said they are affected by the new rule. All three medallists are suspected of living with hyperandrogenism. Women who do not live with hyperandrogenism would have to take performance-enhancing drugs to have the same level of testosterone in their system, which would constitute cheating.
She lost her appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal to overturn the decision that female athletes with a naturally high level of testosterone must take medication to reduce production.
According to her lawyers, the tribunal found the requirement of subjecting certain female athletes to drug or surgical interventions as a precondition to compete does not amount to a violation of Swiss public policy.