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SportSemenya lawyers: IAAF ordered to suspend testosterone rules

19:40  03 june  2019
19:40  03 june  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Caster Semenya has lost her appeal against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners. In a landmark judgment, the court said the IAAF 's proposed rules on athletes with "differences of sex development (DSD)" are discriminatory but should be applied.

The Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya could run up to seven seconds slower under new rules requiring her to lower her natural testosterone levels , a prominent sports scientist has predicted.

Semenya lawyers: IAAF ordered to suspend testosterone rules © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 3, 2019, file photo, South Africa's Caster Semenya crosses the line to win gold in the women's 800-meter final during the Diamond League in Doha, Qatar. Semenya's lawyers say the Swiss supreme court has ordered track's governing body to suspend its testosterone regulations. The lawyers say Monday's, June 3, 2019, ruling allows Semenya to compete unrestricted in all female events. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Caster Semenya's lawyers say the Swiss supreme court has ordered track's governing body to suspend its testosterone regulations.

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Champion sprinter Caster Semenya has lost her appeal against regulations limiting testosterone She has demanded arbitration after the International Association of Athletics Federations ( IAAF ) A response released by her lawyers also cites Semenya as saying the IAAF rules "targeted" her

Caster Semenya has lost a landmark case against athletics ' governing body meaning it will be allowed to restrict testosterone levels in female runners. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) rejected the South African's challenge against the IAAF 's new rules . But Cas said it had "serious concerns as to

The lawyers say Monday's ruling allows Semenya to compete unrestricted in all female events. The two-time Olympic 800-meter champion can now run in her favored event without suppressing her natural testosterone level.

The lawyers say the temporary ruling stands until the IAAF makes submissions to the court on why the regulations should be kept in place. The supreme court would then make another ruling.

Semenya is hoping to defend her 800 title at the world championships in Doha, Qatar, in September.

She has appealed to the supreme court to overturn the rules permanently. No date has been given for the main appeal to be heard.

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