The 32-year-old Semenya celebrated her victory at the European Court of Human Rights in July. The judges in Strasbourg decided by a narrow 4:3 vote that the athlete was discriminated against by a previous decision of the Swiss Federal Court.
Runner Semenya Succeeds at European Court, But ‘Testosterone Rule’ Change Not Coming
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A Swiss court that upheld World Athletics’ “testosterone rule” appealed the July verdict to the Grand Chamber, whose decision will be final. A hearing date has not been set.
The Swiss judiciary, like before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), rejected Semenya’s lawsuit against the ban on her start in international athletics competitions.
However, the Strasbourg court ruled in July that the runner’s complaint contained a “credible allegation of discrimination based on her elevated testosterone levels.”
Medals and bans
Semenay won gold in the 800 meters at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, but as of 2019 she is barred from international competition on her strongest track.
Athletes with so-called differential sexual development (DSD), of which Semenya is the most famous, are not allowed to compete in the 400m to mile races without medically lowering their testosterone levels, according to World Athletics rules. Since then, Semenya has tried to break through on sprints or longer tracks, but she has not followed up on her former successes.
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