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Still at war with the athletics federation, Caster Semenya appeals to the European Court of Human Rights

2021-02-25T13:46:23.621Z

The South African athlete, deprived of races and who refuses to take treatment to lower his testosterone level, turns to the European Court of Human Rights.



The fight lasts and even drags on.

Not far from being the fight of a lifetime.

South African athlete Caster Semenya, prevented from participating in certain races because she refuses to take treatment to lower her testosterone levels, has referred to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), announced Thursday his lawyers.

"Semenya's ongoing fight for the dignity, equality and fundamental rights of women in sport has taken a crucial step with the filing of a petition" to the ECHR, her lawyers said in a statement.

The 29-year-old sportswoman has a natural excess of male sex hormones.

For more than ten years she has been in a standoff with the International Athletics Federation, World Athletics (ex-IAAF).

Expertise in support, the federation defined in April 2018 a maximum threshold of testosterone (5 nmol / L of blood) to compete with women over distances ranging from 400 meters per mile (1609 m), and therefore encompassing the 800 meters where the South African excels.

"All we want is to be allowed to run free once and for all, like the strong and courageous women that we are and always have been"

Caster Semenya

The Swiss Supreme Court confirmed in August, in the name of "sports fairness", the decision last year of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS), thus validating the regulations of World Athletics which define a maximum threshold of testosterone.

On February 19, Caster Semenya therefore decided to bring the case before the ECHR in Strasbourg.

His lawyers believe that the Swiss justice has "failed in its obligations to protect it against the violation of its rights under the European Convention on Human Rights".

"All we want is to be allowed to run free once and for all, like the strong and courageous women that we are and always have been," Caster Semenya said in the statement.

No date has yet been set by the Court.

The athlete, who is trying to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, decided to compete in the 200 meters.

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