Caster Semenya says the worldwide athletics governing frame has used her as “a human guinea pig” by way of forcing her to take medicine that may restrict her testosterone ranges.
The double Olympic gold medallist made the remark after the Court docket of Arbitration for Sports activities (CAS) launched its 163-page document on Tuesday, explaining why it rejected her enchantment remaining month to scrap regulations that cap an athlete’s herbal stage of the main male hormone.
Eligibility necessities laid out by way of the Global Affiliation of Athletics Federations (IAAF) stipulate that feminine athletes with variations in sexual construction (DSD) will have to take medicine to suppress testosterone when competing in occasions from 400m to a mile.
However Semenya, who has XY chromosomes, says the drugs make her really feel “repeatedly ill”, recalling the duration between 2011 and 2015 when she used to be pressured to agree to laws.
Stricter testosterone limits have since been devised, which Semenya has warned dangle “unknown well being penalties”.
She added: “I’m involved that different feminine athletes will really feel pressured to let the IAAF drug them and take a look at the effectiveness and detrimental well being results of various hormonal medication.”
“This can’t be allowed to occur.”
Previous this yr, the IAAF mentioned DSD athletes must now not be regarded as as “biologically male”, however Tuesday’s document suggests this opinion has been reversed.
In reaction, Semenya’s legal professionals criticised the athletics frame for “taking it upon itself to make a decision who’s, and who isn’t, girl sufficient within the eyes of the IAAF, and to discriminate on that foundation”.
It mentioned the laws amounted to “intercourse checking out” that had “plagued girls’s game for many years” and had “led to profound hurt to girls athletes”.
However the IAAF has defended its laws, keeping up that “biology has to trump gender id to verify equity” in game.
It added: “To outline the feminine class in response to one thing instead of biology can be class defeating and would deter many women world wide from opting for aggressive and elite game after puberty.
“The IAAF considers that the DSD Laws are a important, cheap and proportionate approach of defending truthful and significant festival in elite feminine athletics, and the CAS agreed.”
The South African athlete is ready to enchantment remaining month’s choice in a Swiss Federal Court docket, however a date is but to be set.
Till then, the 28-year-old is in a position to compete in all occasions with out taking the hormone-suppressing medicine.