Caster Semenya has lost a landmark case against athletics’ governing body meaning it will be allowed to restrict testosterone levels in female runners.
According to the BBC, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) rejected the South African’s challenge against the IAAF’s new rules.
But CAS has some reservations in the new rule saying it had “serious concerns as to the future practical application” of the rules.
The 28 years old popular athlete in one of her statements had said, the regulations were “unfair” and that she wanted to “run naturally, the way I was born”.
But the ruling means she will have to take medication to reduce her testosterone if she wants to keep running on the international stage.
The surprise decision, which was announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after three judges had spent more than two months deliberating over the complex and highly contentious case, came even though Cas agreed that the IAAF’s policy was discriminatory to athletes such as Semenya.
In a statement Cas said Semenya’s team had been unable to prove the IAAF’s policy was “invalid”. Instead it ruled that its policy was in fact “necessary, reasonable and proportionate” to ensure fair competition for females.