Caster Semenya will not be able to defend her 800m world title in Doha this coming September after a swiss court denies her participation, which led to taking testosterone-reducing medication to compete.
Semenya had previously appealed twice concerning the IAAF rules restricting her from running without medication.
Semenya is confronting world directing body of the IAAF’s new rules that she and other athletes with similar issues of difference’s sexual development (DSD) must either take the testosterone-reducing medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile or change to another.
Caster Semenya: “I am very depressed to be restrained from defending my hard-earned title, but this will not prevent me from extending my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned.”
The World Medical Association (WMA) had advised their physician’s members in 144 countries not to support the implementation of the regulations.
Dorothee Schramm, the lawyer leading Semenya’s appeal, said: “The judge’s procedural decision has no impact on the appeal itself. We will continue to pursue Caster’s appeal and fight for her fundamental human rights. A race is always decided at the finish line.”