Caster Semenya wins appeal against testosterone rules at human rights court

Caster Semenya

Olympic Champion athlete, Caster Semenya won a legal victory as the European Court of Human Rights decided she was discriminated against by sports rules that force her to medically reduce her natural hormone levels to compete in major competitions.

On Tuesday, in its ruling, the ECHR “found in particular that the applicant had not been afforded sufficient institutional and procedural safeguards in Switzerland to allow her to have her complaints examined effectively.”

“Caster has never given up her fight to be allowed to compete and run free,” Semenya’s lawyers said in a statement.

“This important personal win for her is also a wider victory for elite athletes around the world. It means that sporting governance bodies around the world must finally recognize that human rights law and norms apply to the athletes they regulate.”

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