Her career has been thrown upside down this week, but Caster Semenya was taking it all in her stride – as usual – on Thursday.
Having seen the Court of Arbitration for Sport declare that the IAAF’s proposed regulations for female classification, with regards to athletes with differences of sex development (DSD), are discriminatory – but then two out of three panellists find that the discrimination is “necessary, reasonable and proportionate” – you wouldn’t blame Semenya if she wanted to walk away from it all.
She’s won her Olympic and world championship gold medals already in a glittering career of more than a decade, with perhaps just the 800m world record the one major goal she would want to still achieve on the track.
But the 28-year-old from Limpopo posted her own protest on her social media channels against the controversial decision of the CAS to side with the IAAF.
“My vibes are so cool. Call me Stefano dimera (a never-say-die character from the Days of Our Lives TV series) if you want to. I’m a die hard that’s a fact,” she started, before adding later in the day: “They laugh at me because I am different. I laugh at them because they’re all the same.”