Ruling expected Tuesday in runner Caster Semenya's human rights appeal against sex eligibility rules
The European Court of Human Rights is expected to deliver what could be the final judgment on Tuesday in Olympic champion runner Caster Semenya’s yearslong legal challenge against track and field's contentious sex eligibility rules.
Semenya finishes 13th, doesn't advance in 5,000 at worlds
Caster Semenya finished 13th in the women’s 5,000 meters Wednesday at the world championships, an expected result for the South African who has been banned from her best event because of rules that demand she take hormone-reducing drugs to enter certain races.
EXPLAINER: What exactly are track's testosterone rules?
The complex testosterone regulations in track and field have become an issue again at the Olympics after Namibian teenager Christine Mboma surprisingly won a silver medal in the 200 meters after being banned from running in the 400 because of her high natural hormone levels.
Semenya taking case to European Court of Human Rights
The South African's lawyers said there's been a “violation of her rights” and wants the human rights court to examine the rules. That second case will be central to her appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Ad“I hope the European court will put an end to the longstanding human rights violations by World Athletics against women athletes," Semenya said in a statement. It's unclear if the human rights court would be able to hear Semenya's case before the delayed Tokyo Olympics, which might be Semenya's last. Previous sports cases that have gone to the European Court of Human Rights have taken years to be decided.
Growing up intersex in a country where it is believed to be bad luck
DSD is a condition where a person's sex development involving genes, reproductive organs and hormones is different from other people's. South Africa has enacted laws to protect the rights of intersex persons. This law stipulates that intersex persons be treated as equals, without prejudice in South Africa. In August, for the first time ever, Kenya counted and included intersex persons in its population census, making it the first African country to do so. Intersex persons are discriminated against because society does not have enough public information on intersexuality, says, Dr. David Segal.
Caster Semenya blocked from competing at World Championships
(CNN) - Runner Caster Semenya will not be able to compete internationally without taking testosterone-reducing medication, after a Swiss judge reversed an earlier ruling on Monday. The new decision will prevent the South African athlete from defending her 800-meter title at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar in September. A Swiss court had temporarily suspended the controversial new policy in June. If the suspension had continued, Semenya would have been allowed to compete in Doha while her appeal to have the new rules reversed is ongoing. However, Monday's ruling overturned the suspension, effectively reinstating the IAAF's policy for the time being.