The South African athlete will not be able to defend her 800m title at the world championships in September, after the Swiss Federal Tribunal reversed a ruling that temporarily lifted the regulations imposed on her.
“Since I have been in sport, I have never really felt supported. I’ve never felt recognised (mostly) by women,” said Semenya during a women’s conference in Joburg on Wednesday, where she was the headline speaker.
Semenya is appealing the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling that supported regulations introduced by the sport’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations. Despite the IAAF receiving support from some current and former athletes, the decision to reduce testosterone levels in women’s athletics also attracted criticism from human rights organisations.
The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in support of Semenya in March.