Swiss Court Discards IAAF Appeal
South Africa’s Caster Semenya can carry on competing pending her request; later a Swiss court disallowed the IAAF’s appeal to re-impose its new rules on the 800m Olympic champion.
Semenya is pleasing to Switzerland’s Federal Supreme Court (SFT) against the world governing body’s rules limiting testosterone levels in female racers.
The IAAF desired to reverse the SFT’s decision to interrupt the boundaries pending Semenya’s appeal, but her lawyers said the request was disallowed.
The new rules state that Semenya and other athletes with changes of sexual development (DSD) – must either take medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile, or change to another distance.
Three-time world champion Semenya said: “No woman should be subjected to these rules. I thought tough about not running the 800m in solidarity unless all women can run free. But I will run that time to show that the IAAF cannot drug us.”
In a report, Semenya lawyers said: “After considering the IAAF’s influences, the Court has now resolute in a second order that the IAAF’s request failed to set out any reason or change in circumstance that would justify a reexamination of the prior order.
“This means that Caster remains permitted to compete without limit in the female category at this time.”
She has only has been entered in the 800m and her contribution depends on the outcome of her request.
Semenya said she has been banned from competing in the 800m at the Diamond League in Rabat, Morocco on Sunday.
Semenya lawyers said: “Caster is presently seeking clarity on the specific reasons for that decision, and she urges the IAAF to ensure its member federations comply with the law and the Supreme Court’s orders.”
The IAAF says it does not organize Diamond League meetings and “entry for any athlete into a Diamond League meeting is by invitation only from the meeting organizer”.