2 minute read
19 Nov 2020
5:30 am

Our fingers are crossed for Caster’s fight

The 29-year-old Semenya is taking her battle to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, hoping to overturn the hormone drug rule.

Caster Semenya. Photo: Bridgestone.

You have to give it to South African 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya. Despite setbacks at almost every corner, she just refuses to give up. In 2018, the World Athletics governing body announced Semenya and others were banned from races between 400m and a mile unless they take testosterone-reducing drugs. They say any athlete with differences of sexual development (DSD) falls into this category. Semenya has elevated testosterone levels due to DSD. Fighting claims that she has an unfair advantage over her competitors almost from the day she announced herself on the world stage, she has lost appeals in the...