The South African track sensation will be challenging the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling in favour of the IAAF earlier this month.
“I am a woman, and I am a world-class athlete. The IAAF will not drug me or stop me from being who I am,” Semenya said. Her appeal to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court challenging the IAAF rules, on human rights grounds, will be led by Dr Dorothee Schramm of Sidley Austin LLP in Geneva.
“The IAAF regulations violate the most fundamental principles of Swiss public policy. In the race for justice, human rights must win,” Schramm said. The rules require Semenya and other athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) to lower testosterone concentration to five nanomoles per litre of blood, to compete in the 400m to one-mile (1.6km) events on an international level.
But Semenya has refused to take testosterone-lowering medication, confident the ruling will be overturned. Law professor Steve Cornelius, who assisted Athletics SA in its legal challenge to the regulations, said he expected the national athletics body to file their appeal over the next few days.