Olympic Gold Medalist Caster Semenya Loses Legal Case Against IAAF to Compete as a Woman in All Races, Must Reduce Her Naturally High Testosterone Levels

Caster Semenya has lost her landmark legal case against her sport’s ruling body, meaning she will be forced to take medication to reduce her testosterone levels if she wants to carry on competing. The South African is one of the most dominant stars of modern track and field—she’s a double Olympic 800-meter gold medalist and three-time world champion. Her gender, and possible advantages owed to her naturally higher testosterone levels, have come under intense scrutiny. The Court of Arbitration for Sport made its surprise decision early Wednesday, and it’s likely to significantly damage the rest of Semenya’s running career. However, the court did say it had serious concerns over proposed new rules for athletes with differences in sexual development.


SOURCE: The Daily Beast