South Africa
South Africa

Sports and Recreation South Africa said Wednesday that it’s disappointed with the fact that Olympic champion Caster Semenya lost her legal case against IAAF, which means she would have to take hormone suppressants to continue competing.

The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland released its ruling on Wednesday saying Semenya and Athletics South Africa failed to establish why IAAF’s (International Association of Athletics Federations) regulations aimed at reducing naturally high testosterone in females were “invalid”.

South African sports department spokesman Vuyo Mhaga told Xinhua that “we’re disappointed with the outcome of the case, but we have instructed Athletic South Africa to study the judgment of needs be to appeal the case.” Mhaga said the department was grateful for the support given to the 800m world champion, “We want to thank South Africans and the people of the world for everything.”

In a statement, Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa said the IAAF’s rules infringe on Semenya. “As the government, we have always maintained that these regulations trample on the human rights and dignity of Caster Semenya and other women athletes,” she said. In June last year, Semenya and Athletics South Africa filed with the court after the IAAF said it would introduce new regulations set to limit testosterone in athletics with “differences of sex development”.

Semenya and ASA said these regulations were “invalid, discriminatory and unnecessary.” The IAAF claimed female athletes with natural high levels of testosterone have an unfair advantage over other female runners. The proposed rules intended to reduce testosterone are set to come into effect immediately after the ruling. The proposed new regulation are only applied to 400m, hurdle races, 800m which Semenya dominates.

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