Caster Semenya is fighting hard to run in the 800m again after the highest court in Switzerland rejected the latest attempt by the IAAF to impose their female eligibility regulations on the Olympic champion.
In a press release from her legal team, Semenya revealed that her participation in her favourite 800m event at the Diamond League meeting in Rabat, Morocco on 16 June has been denied by the president of the Moroccan Athletics Federation.
This is in direct contravention of the order by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, which ruled on 31 May that the IAAF’s regulations be suspended while Semenya appeals the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which ruled in favour of the athletics governing body.
The IAAF has since gone back to the Swiss Supreme Court and made an urgent request to “immediately re-impose its eligibility regulations” on Semenya and other athletes with differences in sexual development, who have higher testosterone levels than those permitted by the IAAF.
But on Wednesday 12 June, the Swiss court rejected the IAAF’s request, which means that Semenya and other affected athletes such as Francine Niyonsaba and Margaret Wambui can run in any event they wish, including the distances in question – 400m to the mile.