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Caster Semenya can race again as Swiss court suspends track’s testosterone regulations


A Swiss court has suspended rules that prevented South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya from racing against women. Last month, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that track’s governing body could bar Semenya from women’s events from 400 meters to the mile or otherwise require her to take testosterone-lowering medication.

South Africa's Caster Semenya competes in the women's 800m during the IAAF Diamond League competition on May 3, 2019 in Doha. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images) (KARIM JAAFAR/Getty)

Semenya, the reigning world and Olympic champion in the women’s 800 meters, had been competing at longer distances while the regulations were in effect. The regulations had kept her competing in the last three Diamond League meets, and also kept Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Margaret Wambui of Kenya off the track.

After the ruling, Semenya said that “I am thankful to the Swiss judges for this decision. I hope that following my appeal I will once again be able to run free.”

The regulations are temporarily suspended while the Swiss Supreme Court hears Semenya’s legal appeal against them.