Fans of star athlete Caster Semenya livid after court ruling

“We are bitterly disappointed,” said Bathabile Dlamini, the minister for women.
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The sign and building of the Court of Arbitration (CAS) is seen ahead of the verdict in South African double Olympic champion Caster Semenya’s appeal against International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) testosterone rules on May 1, 2019 in Lausanne. – The world’s sports court will give the verdict on Semenya’s challenge against rules regulating testosterone in female athletes, a verdict expected to have a profound impact on the future of women’s sport. Semenya is fighting against regulations imposed by the IAAF that compel “hyperandrogenic” athletes – those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) – to lower their testosterone levels if they wish to compete as women. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

South African fans of Olympian Caster Semenya Wednesday expressed shock and disappointment after their star athlete lost a bid to challenge IAAF rules forcing female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels.

In a landmark ruling, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the IAAF regulations which require women like Semenya, with higher than average natural female testosterone levels, to take medically-prescribed drugs to lower their testosterone levels or be kicked out of competitions.

“We are bitterly disappointed,” said Bathabile Dlamini, the minister for women.

“This is a disappointing judgement, it actually removes Caster Semenya’s agency as person, as an athlete, as a person who trains hard,” Dlamini said.

“As the department of women we are particularly angered (that) we are expected to conform to western notions …for our athletes to compete”.

She said Semenya was being targeted because “she is so successful through her hard training and her dedication”.

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“It’s a violation of her rights as a woman, the violation of her rights as human being”.

‘Beyond outrageous’

Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa said the “regulations trample on the human rights and dignity” of the 28 year-old who was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) said it was “appalled” by the court decision.

“It is rather disheartening to learn that the Court has ruled against Caster Semenya in her fight to be treated equally and without prejudice,” it said in a statement.

It accused the IAAF of “acting in a prejudicial manner that divides rather than unites athletes.”

“Shocked” by the decision, the main opposition Democratic Alliance party called on the government and sporting federations to “use all available processes to oppose this decision and fight for her right to compete on the international stage without having to take any drugs to suppress what she was naturally born to do”.

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Semenya, who has dominated the 800m over the last decade and had remained largely silent through the court battle, on Wednesday vowed in a statement that the court decision “will not hold me back”.

She said she knew “that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically. For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger”.

“I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.”

On social media her fans were furious.

From Cape Town, Jeanine Cameron with the Twitter handle @J9Thinks said:

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Another fan @Roland_Williams tweeted “This is an absolute gross injustice. I’m horrified”.

Pretoria-based fan with Twitter handle @muringai03 said the CAS decision smacked “of racism, sexism and bigotry rolled into one”.

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