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Caster Semenya Will No Longer Compete at the World Championships

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has reversed the earlier judgment that temporarily suspended the IAAF's testosterone regulations.

It seems that two-time Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya's fight has no near end in sight. After she successfully appealed the IAAF's testosterone regulations and had them temporarily suspended by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, the same court has now overturned its previous decision, according to EWN. Semenya, who has refused to take testosterone-lowering medications, will no longer compete at the Athletics World Championships taking place in Doha this coming September.


Understandably, Semenya has expressed her disappointment at not being able to compete and defend her current 800m title at the upcoming tournament saying, "I am very disappointed to be kept from defending my hard-earned title." She added that, "But this will not deter me from continuing my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned."

The IAAF, which submitted reasons to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court as to why the testosterone regulations imposed on Semenya should remain in place, has insisted that its stance does not promote gender inequality in the sport. The sporting body has commented on the matter in previous statements saying that their alleged commitment to the "integrity of the sport" is why they are "committed to protecting the rights and opportunities of female athletes".

Semenya's lawyers have vowed fervently that they will continue the fight along with the athlete saying, "We will continue to pursue Caster's appeal and fight for her fundamental human rights. A race is always decided at the finish line."

While the athlete is yet to announce any of her plans for the immediate future, she did hint at stepping into a new chapter of her life on social media:

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