The Swiss supreme court has temporarily upended a controversial Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling which would impact non-male track athletes with higher than average testosterone levels. On Monday, the Caster Semenya ruling was suspended, which means the Olympic runner will be able to compete in an upcoming 800 meter race without taking medication to temper her testosterone levels, per The Hill.
On May 1, CAS acknowledged that such a requirement was discriminatory, but said that the rule requiring hormone suppression for Semenya and others was "necessary, reasonable, and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the Restricted Events," according to BuzzFeed News. Shortly after the CAS ruling, the South African Ministry of Sports vowed to fight back.
"The strength of scientific, medical and legal case we presented, we believe, the outcome is inconceivable on the fact," the Sports Ministry said in a statement at the time. "The facts before court and the outcome do not match."
Although the suspension is not permanent, Semenya appeared heartened by the development. “I am thankful to the Swiss judges for this decision,” Semenya said in a statement, The Hill reports. “I hope that following my appeal I will once again be able to run free.”
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