Wednesday 21 August 2019

'I am a woman and a world-class athlete' - Caster Semenya files appeal with Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland

South Africa's Caster Semenya. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
South Africa's Caster Semenya. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Caster Semenya has filed an appeal to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland challenging the recent ruling against her by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the double Olympic champion has announced.

Semenya's appeal against the introduction of a testosterone limit for women with naturally-occurring high levels of the hormone by athletics' world governing body the IAAF was rejected by CAS on May 1.

The ruling means she and other athletes with similar genetic conditions will have to take hormone suppressants to bring their testosterone down to a level closer to the typical female range.

On filing of her new appeal on Wednesday, Semenya said: "I am a woman and I am a world-class athlete. The IAAF will not drug me or stop me from being who I am."

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