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Caster Semenya appeals against testosterone ruling

By The News · 01 of June 2019 12:38:28
AP Photo, Caster Semenya, Margaret Nyairera Wambui, No available, FILE - In this Friday, April 13, 2018 file photo, Women's 800m silver medal winner Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui, left, shakes hands with gold medla winner South Africa's Caster Semenya on the podium at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Margaret Nyairera Wambui has criticized the IAAF’s testosterone regulations and is refusing to take hormone-reducing medication. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Caster Semenya has appealed against the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision to uphold testosterone regulations for some female athletes in track and field.

The two-time Olympic 800-meter champion’s lawyers say she has lodged an appeal with the Swiss Federal Tribunal, Switzerland’s supreme court.

Under the IAAF’s new rules, upheld by the Switzerland-based CAS this month, Semenya is not allowed to run in international races from 400 meters to one mile unless she medically lowers her natural testosterone levels. She said after the CAS decision that she would not take medication and repeats in Wednesday’s statement announcing her appeal that “the IAAF will not drug me or stop me from being who I am.”

Semenya’s appeal was announced by her South Africa-based lawyers. They say Semenya’s appeal “focuses on fundamental human rights.”

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