— Published 7 November 2023

Caster Semenya continues to fight

The soap opera continues. On Monday November 6, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) announced that the case involving South African athlete Caster Semenya would be heard by its Grand Chamber for a final decision. This hearing follows a referral request from the Swiss authorities. As a reminder, the two-time Olympic 800 m champion is contesting the decision of the International Athletics Federation (World Athletics) to require hyperandrogenic athletes to medically reduce their testosterone levels. Caster Semenya and her entourage have taken numerous steps since 2019. Their first appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was unsuccessful. The same negative result was achieved in 2020 before the Swiss Federal Court. But last July, the ECHR ruled in favor of the South African by a narrow majority (four to three). The case will now be heard by the 17-member Grand Chamber of the ECHR.