Barely days after the 2016 Olympic 800 meters champion, Castor Semenya, won her case in the European Court of Human Rights, the athlete will still not participate in track competitions.
In 2018, Semenya was barred by the World Athletics from participating in any track events because of her difference in Sexual Development (DSD) for the past few years. She has been seeking justice since then.
According to World Athletics, DSD athletes have naturally high testosterone levels, giving them an upper hand over their opponents.
The DSD athletes are restricted from participating in the 400 meters events up to mile events.
“We remain of the view that the … regulations are a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of protecting fair competition in the female category as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and Swiss Federal Tribunal both found,” World Athletics said in a statement.
The proudest highlight of Semenya’s career came when she won gold in the women’s 800m at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. At the previous Olympics in London in 2012, Semenya had also won gold, but only after finishing second to Russian Mariya Savinova, who was later disqualified for doping and raised from silver to gold.