JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who has been locked in a battle over her testosterone ranges with athletics authorities, mentioned on Wednesday that she has not felt supported by different girls in sport.
The South African athlete won’t be able to defend her 800-metres title on the world championships in September after the Swiss Federal Tribunal reversed a ruling that briefly lifted testosterone rules imposed on her.
“Since I have been in sport I have never really felt very supported, I’ve never felt recognized mostly by women,” mentioned Semenya throughout a girls’s convention in Johannesburg the place she was the headline speaker.
Semenya is interesting the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling that supported rules launched by the game’s governing physique, the Worldwide Affiliation of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
These say that XY chromosome athletes with variations in sexual improvement (DSDs) can race in distances from 400m to a mile provided that they take treatment to achieve a decreased testosterone degree.
Regardless of the IAAF receiving assist from some present and former athletes, the choice to cut back testosterone ranges in girls’s athletics has additionally attracted criticism from human rights organizations. The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a decision in assist of Semenya in March.
“I think it comes more into the international stage when you see your own rivals come with this… what can I call it… these rude responses in terms of me competing against them,” mentioned Semenya.
British runner Lynsey Sharp mentioned in May that she had obtained demise threats for previous feedback she made in regards to the South African.
Semenya, who was greeted by cheers on the convention, mentioned she nonetheless noticed herself as a center distance runner.
“Whoever is going to stop me from running is going to have to drag me out of the track,” Semenya mentioned.
The 28-year-old mentioned she was undecided about whether or not she would swap to longer distances or pursue a profession in one other sport.
“In terms of changing events I haven’t decide anything about moving up or moving down. I still consider myself a middle distance runner,” Semenya mentioned.
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