(English) Caster Semenya to be allowed to compete after controversial IAAF ruling suspended
Caster Semenya will be allowed to compete in races of all distances without medication to limit her testosterone levels after a successful appeal against the recent IAAF ruling.
Semenya has won her appeal against the controversial IAAF change which required her to use medication to lower her testosterone levels in 400m to 1500m races.
The South African athlete, who has naturally elevated testosterone levels as a result of a condition called hyperandrogenism, lost a landmark legal case against the IAAF last month.
She challenged their proposal to restrict testostrone levels in female athletes in events between 400m and a mile but lost out when the decision was taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland last month.
Yet the Supreme Court of Switzerland have now suspended the regulations with the IAAF given until June 25 to respond as the situation rumbles on.
A statement said: “The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland has ordered the IAAF to immediately suspend the implementation of the eligibility regulations against Caster Semenya, allowing her to compete without restriction in the female category whilst her appeal is pending.
“The Swiss Supreme Court will issue another ruling on the continued suspension of the IAAF Regulations after receiving submissions from the IAAF.”
Semenya stated: “I am thankful to the Swiss judges for this decision. I hope that following my appeal I will once again be able to run free.”
After losing out in her legal case last month, Semenya claimed she was specifically targeted by the regulations and would not let the move hold her back.
She said: “‘I know that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically.
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