MONACO – The governing body of world athletics has hailed the Swiss court decision that ruled Caster Semenya out of their world championships as a victory for “parity and clarity”.
Olympic 800 metres champion Semenya is fighting an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulation that middle distance female runners with a high natural level of testosterone must take medication to reduce it.
On Tuesday, the Swiss Federal Tribunal (SFT) reversed a ruling that temporarily lifted the IAAF’s testosterone regulations imposed on her, effectively ruling her out of the Sept. 28-Oct. 6 world championships in Doha.
“This decision creates much needed parity and clarity for all athletes as they prepare for the world championships in Doha this September,” the IAAF said in a statement.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled the IAAF's regulations were necessary for athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs) to ensure fair competition.