From Inside the Games

South Africa’s government has confirmed that it is planning to file an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in a last-ditch attempt to clear Caster Semenya to be allowed to compete in this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The double Olympic 800 metres gold medallist is hoping to reverse a rule that would force her to take testosterone-suppressing medication to compete in her best events.

The World Athletics rule, which went into effect in 2019, caps athlete testosterone levels in women’s events from the 400m through the mile for athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD).

World Athletics said that no female athletes would have a level above the cap – five nanomoles per litre – unless they had a DSD or a tumour.

In the last two years, Semenya lost appeals through the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.

It was after that last defeat In the Swiss court last September that Semenya’s lawyer Greg Nott promised to take the case to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights.

Athletics South Africa President Aleck Skhosana told South Africa’s Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture that Semenya had not been included in the country’s provisional Olympic squad because of the rule.

Beauty Dlulane, chair of the Committee, revealed that the Government will serve papers to the Court next month.

She claimed most countries wanted Semenya to compete at Tokyo 2020, but her aspiration is being frustrated by “rules and guidelines”.

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