The world will not slow me down, Caster vows
Star loses appeal against rules governing acceptable amounts of testosterone in female athletes
Caster Semenya has four options, but for now she is choosing only one: the Olympic 800m champion will fight on.
Semenya, 28, was delivered a devastating blow on Wednesday, when she lost her appeal against the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) rules forcing female athletes to regulate testosterone levels.
But within minutes of the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) in Lausanne‚ Switzerland, Semenya said: “For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger.
“The decision of Cas will not hold me back.”
Her defiance in the face of the ruling has answered an important question about what the future might hold for the superstar. That she has also received enormous support from the country, suggests the Olympian will not be running into the sunset anytime soon.
The IAAF in 2018 announced it would target differences in sexual development (DSD) athletes, in mostly Semenya’s events‚ from the 400m to the mile‚ and this time they wanted to cut the testosterone limit to half of what they allowed previously...