Still a Long Run for Semenya Despite Discrimination Ruling Win

Caster Semenya, 32, a two-time Olympic winner in the 800 metres, has made a modest step toward competing in Paris 2024, but she still has a long way to go in her fight against World Athletics rules that have largely prevented her from racing for the past four years, writes Nick Said for the Daily Maverick.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in favour of Semenya in a case involving testosterone levels in women athletes, and concluded that Semenya faced discrimination. Responding to the ruling, World Athletics said it adhered to its policies and that they would continue to be followed for the time being.

Semenya, world champion in the 800 meters and a Commonwealth champion in the 800 and 1500 meters, has been embroiled in a protracted legal battle with World Athletics ever since the organisation's rules on hormone therapy were implemented in 2018.


Caster Semenya (file photo).

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