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South Africa: Caster Semenya to Appeal to the European Court of Human Rights!

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

The Department of Sport in South Africa has pledged 12 Million Rand (€665,631) to assist Caster Semenya financially in her Appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against her testosterone Ruling. Her Appeal, which was announced on 25 February 2021, is based on the grounds of discrimination prohibited under Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950.

It will be recalled that Olympian Semenya, who is 30 years old, is restricted, by a Ruling by ‘World Athletics’ issued in 2019, from participating in events between 400 metres and a mile, unless she takes testosterone-reducing drugs.

She appealed against this Ruling in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court and lost on both occasions. The Swiss Court initially suspended this Ruling, but later, following an intervention by World Athletics, reversed its decision. This prevented her from defending her 800 metres World Championship Title in Doha, Qatar.

For further information on the background of the case, see the two Posts on the SLT website of 9 October 2020, as well as the Posts of 5 June and 6 May 2019.

Furthermore, the South African Minister of Sport, Nathi Mthethwa, has announced that the South African Government is seeking a Resolution by the UN Human Rights Council that Semenya is being “targeted”.   

Semenya, who won gold in the 800 metres at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, is hopeful of competing in the 200 metres, for which she will not be required to take any testosterone-reducing medication, at the postponed 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, to be held in the Summer of this year!

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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