Caster Semenya’s bid on hormonal drugs has been rejected by the Swiss Supreme Courts. Semenya has failed in her latest bid to be allowed to run the 800m without having to take medication to reduce her naturally high levels of testosterone.
In a statement issued by Caster’s lawyers which was issued to the Sowetan Publication Caster’s lawyers said that the Swiss courts of Switzerland had rejected Semenya’s bid to set aside the 2019 ruling made by the Court of Arbitration allowing the female eligibility rules for all events from the 400m to the mile imposed by the sport’s world governing body‚ World Athletics.
This simply means that the South African Olympic 800m champion of 2012 and 2016‚ will not be able to defend her title at the Tokyo games set to take place in 2021 without taking any medication. Caster has however competed in the 200m earlier this year, where female athletes face no restrictions.
“The Swiss Supreme Court found that World Athletics’ requirement of subjecting certain female athletes to drug or surgical intervention as a precondition to compete in women’s 400m to 1‚500m events does not amount to a violation of Swiss public policy‚” her lawyers said in the statement.
“The Swiss Court stressed the strict limitations of reviewing a violation of Swiss public policy‚ which has only been accepted once in over 30 years.
“Importantly‚ the Swiss Supreme Court was bound by the controversial factual findings of the majority of the CAS panel.
“Based on those controversial facts‚ the Swiss Courts denied a violation of Swiss public policy. The Swiss Court dismissed the appeal despite finding that the World Athletics regulations seriously violate Caster’s physical integrity because the required hormonal drug intervention is not medically indicated‚ has negative health effects and is not based on the athlete’s free consent.”
The world 800m champion from 2009‚ 2011 and 2017‚ who had also competed in the 400m and 1‚500m‚ has vowed to fight on the fight of the hormonal drugs.
“I am very disappointed by this ruling‚ but refuse to let World Athletics drug me or stop me from being who I am‚” she said in the statement.
“Excluding female athletes or endangering our health solely because of our natural abilities puts World Athletics on the wrong side of history.
“I will continue to fight for the human rights of female athletes‚ both on the track and off the track until we can all run free the way we were born. I know what is right and will do all I can to protect basic human rights‚ for young girls everywhere.”
The statement stated that Semenya was considering her options‚ noting that the World Medical Association had called on doctors around the world to take no part in implementing the World Athletics regulations.