Athletics champion Caster Semenya’s appeal against rules which require her to undergo hormonal treatment in order to compete has been dismissed.
Data relied on by IAAF, now called World Athletics, showed that Semenya has naturally elevated levels of testosterone.
Last year in an interview with Spanish Sport magazine, Professor José María Odriozola, a member of the World Athletics board of directors, said: “Semenya has more testosterone than most men and that gives her an undoubted advantage.”
The athletics body recommended that Semenya undergo hormonal treatment to lower her testosterone levels. She refused and took the matter to court.
Odriozola explained that the rules were meant to ensure fair competition.
“She says the IAAF is against her, but the rules are for everyone.”
Due to the legal battle, Semenya could not participate in the World Championships in September 2019.
At the time, she said: “I am very disappointed to be kept from defending my hard-earned title, but this will not deter me from continuing my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned.”
On Tuesday, Semenya’s hopes to return to the track were crushed, yet again.
The Swiss Federal Supreme Court dismissed her appeal against World Athletics’ and its rules, and upheld the hormonal treatment decision made at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Semenya has repeatedly said that she has no intention of taking drugs to interfere with hormones naturally produced in her body.
Reacting to the news, she tweeted: “Chills my people, a man can change the rules but the very same man cannot rule my life.”
Chills my people,A man can change the rules but the very same man can not rule my life,What I’m saying is that I might have failed against them the truth is that I have won this battle long ago,Go back to my achievements then you will understand.Doors might be closed not locked.
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) September 8, 2020
The recent ruling means that Semenya cannot defend her Olympic title in 2021.