Caster Semenya is making one last attempt to overturn a ruling preventing her from defending her 800m Olympic title at the Tokyo 2021 Games. According to the Olympic Channel, the two-time Olympic gold medallist has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights to fight against the World Athletics rule that says athletes with Differences in Sexual Development (DSD) are barred from competing in events from the 400m to the mile without taking testosterone-reducing medication.
This rule, which would prevent Semenya from defending her 800m Olympic title, was brought in by World Athletics as a part of the Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification in 2018. The following year, Semenya appealed to the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS) to overturn the rule, but lost her case, and she was prevented from running the 800m at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. In September 2020 she was again unsuccessful at reversing the rule at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.
This fight is not just about me, it's about taking a stand and fighting for dignity, equality and the human rights of women in sport. All we ask is to be able to run free as the strong and fearless women we are!! Thank you to all of those who have stood behind me✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/0PdBiujH8b
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) February 25, 2021