Caster Semenya has clarified she has not retired from athletics despite signing for South African football club JVW.

Semenya, a two-time Olympic 800-metre champion, signed for JVW this week and will be able to make her debut in the SAFA Sasol Women's League in 2020.

However, the 28-year-old insists she has not called time on her track and field career.

"Being a footballer doesn't mean I'm no longer a track and field athlete," she wrote on Twitter. "Just making things clear."

Semenya will miss the World Athletics Championships later this month after a Swiss court reversed prior rulings that allowed her to compete while she appealed against controversial IAAF regulations.

The South African is the defending women's 800m champion but will not take to the track in Doha.

Semenya had been granted permission to race without restriction after lodging an appeal with the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland (SFT) against the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) verdict in her case against the IAAF.

CAS ruled the IAAF could implement a regulation that would require Semenya to take medication to lower her testosterone levels to take part in women's track events ranging from 400m to a mile.

In July, a judge overturned the SFT's decision to allow Semenya to compete while it assessed the case.

Caster Semenya has been denied the chance to defend her 800 metres World Athletics Championships title following a ruling by a Swiss court that has been welcomed by the IAAF.

The double Olympic champion had been given permission to race without restriction after lodging an appeal with the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland (SFT) against the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) verdict in her case against the IAAF.

CAS ruled the IAAF could implement a regulation that would require Semenya to take medication to lower her testosterone levels to take part in women's track events ranging from 400m to a mile.

But on Tuesday a judge with the Swiss Federal Tribunal overturned the SFT's decision to allow Semenya to compete while it assessed the case in a move praised by the governing body of international athletics.

"The IAAF welcomes the Swiss Federal Tribunal's decision to revoke its Super-Provisional Order of 31 May 2019 after hearing the IAAF's arguments," a statement read.

"This decision creates much-needed parity and clarity for all athletes as they prepare for the World Championships in Doha this September.

"In the remainder of the proceedings before the SFT, the IAAF will maintain its position that there are some contexts, sport being one of them, where biology has to trump gender identity."

In her own response to the latest ruling, Semenya remained defiant.

"I am very disappointed to be kept from defending my hard-earned title, but this will not deter me from continuing my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned," she said.

Justin Gatlin believes American sprinters are ready to prove themselves as the fastest men in the world after Usain Bolt's retirement.

With Jamaican showman Bolt now off the scene, the 100 metres and 200m risk losing some of their lustre, but Gatlin sees an emerging generation of track stars jostling to take over at the top.

Americans account for four of the five fastest times over 100m this season and three of the four quickest in the 200m.

Christian Coleman, 23, owns the season-leading best time of 9.81 seconds in the shorter sprint, with fellow Americans Noah Lyles and Gatlin also dipping under 9.90secs.

The little-known Cravon Gillespie clocked 9.93 in Austin last month for a personal best too.

Doha will stage the IAAF World Championships later this year, and 37-year-old Gatlin will bid to defend his 100m title on the evening of September 28.

Asked whether USA can be the dominant sprinting nation, after years of Jamaican success, Gatlin told Omnisport: "I think so. It just takes a lot of the youth and the young athletes coming up and looking at what we have done in the past and having pride.

"[It's about] wanting that success and training themselves very hard to make Olympic teams, World Championship teams ... and I think it's on the rise from both sides, both the men and the women."

Bolt's last individual 100m race came at the 2017 World Championships in London, when the eight-time Olympic gold medallist could only finish third as Gatlin took the glory.

It was an unpopular victory for many, not least because Gatlin has served two doping bans, but Bolt notably jumped to his defence.

The post-Bolt era has yet to see any athlete threaten his world record of 9.58secs in the 100m, but Gatlin suspects a heightened competition for medals should again make the race unmissable in Qatar.

Assessing likely rivals, Gatlin said: "If we're looking at it right now, obviously potentially Christian Coleman, Noah Lyles, a lot of other young runners. I always give respect to the other runners that are going to be out there because a star is born at any moment.

"Anybody has an opportunity to put together a great race, and it might be their moment in 2019 in Doha to have the best race of their life.

"Guys are still running elite times. It's about the direction they're coming from. Usually you have one guy you can focus on, which was Usain, who was running fast times and you could focus on that.

"But now you've got Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman, anybody that's running fast times. So you always have to stay on guard and be ready for whoever's going to run fast and you have to be ready to run faster."

Caster Semenya has criticised the IAAF for using her as a "human guinea pig" after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) published its arbitral award following her case.

CAS ruled that the IAAF could implement a regulation that would require Semenya to take medication to lower her testosterone levels in order to compete against women in track events ranging from 400 metres to a mile.

The two-time Olympic 800m champion is awaiting the outcome of an appeal to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland to overturn the ruling.

Yet the release of a redacted 163-page CAS award on Tuesday saw Semenya and her legal team provide a further scathing response.

"The IAAF used me in the past as a human guinea pig to experiment with how the medication they required me to take would affect my testosterone levels," she said in a statement.

"Even though the hormonal drugs made me feel constantly sick, the IAAF now wants to enforce even stricter thresholds with unknown health consequences.

"I will not allow the IAAF to use me and my body again. But I am concerned that other female athletes will feel compelled to let the IAAF drug them and test the effectiveness and negative health effects of different hormonal drugs. This cannot be allowed to happen."

The statement from Semenya's team highlighted the "extremely thin basis" of the regulations they felt were evident in the award, while criticising the IAAF's subsequent actions.

Semenya's team claimed "concerns and suggestions" from CAS regarding the scope of the regulations were ignored, while suggesting an IAAF statement regarding "chosen legal sex and/or gender identity" was "an insult to women like Caster who were born as women and have always been women".

"The IAAF's reactions after the award confirm that it does not deserve the trust that the majority of the CAS placed in it," Semenya's team said.

Meanwhile, the IAAF welcomed the publication of the CAS award, hoping it would "foster greater understanding" of the situation.

A statement read: "Having the arguments of all parties and the detailed findings of the CAS panel in the public domain will help to foster greater understanding of this complex issue and to demonstrate the balance it is necessary to draw between the right for any individual to choose their legal sex and/or gender identity, which the IAAF fully supports and respects, and the need for sport to create and defend a protected category for females, with eligibility for this category based on biology and not on legal sex or gender identity.

"Sport is one of only a few, narrow sectors of society in which biology has to trump gender identity to ensure fairness.

"To define the female category based on something other than biology would be category defeating and would deter many girls around the world from choosing competitive and elite sport after puberty.

"The IAAF considers that the DSD [differences of sex development] regulations are a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of protecting fair and meaningful competition in elite female athletics, and the CAS agreed."

Caster Semenya had no problems stepping up to compete at 2000 metres on Tuesday, dominating the field to triumph at the Meeting de Montreuil.

In action a day after being selected in South Africa's preliminary squad for the IAAF World Championships, Semenya clocked a time of five minutes and 38.19 seconds at the event.

The two-time Olympic 800m champion was named in a 40-strong party while awaiting the outcome of an appeal to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland in a bid to overturn a new IAAF ruling.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that the IAAF could implement a regulation to impose restrictions on testosterone levels in athletes competing in women's events at distances ranging from 400m to one mile.

Semenya has insisted she will not take hormone-suppressing medication in order to comply with the regulation if her appeal is unsuccessful, arguing the rule contravenes her human rights.

The Swiss Supreme Court has stated Semenya can compete without restrictions while it considers the case, though the IAAF is seeking a "swift reversion" to that order.

Semenya ruled out retiring after winning the 800m at the Diamond League event in Doha in May.

Caster Semenya has been included in South Africa's preliminary squad for the IAAF World Championships in Doha.

The two-time Olympic 800 metres champion is awaiting the outcome of an appeal to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland in a bid to overturn a new IAAF ruling.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that the IAAF could implement a regulation that would require Semenya to take medication to lower her testosterone levels in order to compete against women in track events ranging from 400m to a mile.

The Swiss Supreme Court has stated that Semenya can compete without restrictions while it considers her appeal, although athletics' governing body is seeking a "swift reversion" of this order.

The final decision on the ruling will determine whether the 28-year-old is able to compete in the World Championships in September.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has named Semenya among 40 athletes in its preliminary group.

However, ASA notes that Semenya's inclusion is still subject to the Swiss Supreme Court verdict.

Semenya ruled out retiring after winning the 800m at the Diamond League event in Doha last month, two days after the CAS ruling was announced.

The IAAF will seek a "swift reversion" of the court order that is set to temporarily allow Caster Semenya to compete without restrictions.

Tuesday's intervention by the IAAF, the governing body of world athletics, came in the wake of a ruling by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (SFT) that was sought by the South African track star.

The two-time Olympic 800 metres champion is challenging the IAAF's decision to impose restrictions on testosterone levels in female athletes competing at distances ranging from 400m to one mile.

Semenya may need to take hormone-suppressing medication, which she argues contravenes her human rights, if she loses her appeal and wishes to stay in athletics.

She is challenging a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling that supported the IAAF's action. The IAAF has been given until June 25 to respond to her appeal.

The IAAF said Monday's Swiss ruling had been issued without its knowledge.

It said its experts were not given an opportunity to explain why rules surrounding athletes with disorders/differences of sex development (DSD) "should remain in place and applicable to all affected athletes while the appeal is pending".

Semenya, 28, has asked the SFT to set aside the decision in its entirety, however the IAAF appears unwilling to back down in any capacity.

In a statement, it said: "The IAAF fully respects each individual's personal dignity and supports the social movement to have people accepted in society based on their chosen legal sex and/or gender identity.

"However, the IAAF is convinced there are some contexts, sport being one of them, where biology has to trump identity.

"The IAAF also believes the right to participate in sport does not translate to a right to self-identify into a competition category or an event, or to insist on inclusion in a preferred event, or to win in a particular event, without regard to the legitimate rules of the sport or the criteria for entry.

"The IAAF will seek a swift reversion of the superprovisional order moving forwards so that the DSD regulations apply to all affected athletes in order (among other things) to avoid serious confusion amongst athletes and event organisers and to protect the integrity of the sport.

"In due course, the IAAF will defend its DSD regulations and the CAS award in the appeal proceedings before the SFT."

Semenya, who ruled out retiring after winning the 800m at the Diamond League event in Doha last month, two days after the CAS ruling was announced, welcomed the Swiss court's declaration on Monday.

She said: "I hope that following my appeal I will once again be able to run free."

Dorothee Schramm, Swiss counsel for Semenya, said on Monday: "This is an important case that will have fundamental implications for the human rights of female athletes."

Caster Semenya has distanced herself from suggestions she will retire and has no plans to take medication to lower her testosterone levels. 

Semenya excelled to claim a dominant win in the season-opening Diamond League 800 metres women's race in Doha on Friday, just two days after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) controversially ruled against the South African's appeal over the IAAF's testosterone regulations in a landmark legal case.  

The governing body will require Semenya to take medication that reduces testosterone levels in order to compete in track events ranging from 400m to a mile from May 8.  

A cryptic tweet by Semenya on Thursday led to speculation the two-time 800m Olympic champion may retire, but, speaking to BBC Sport after the victory in Qatar, the 28-year-old ruled out that possibility.  

"I'm never going anywhere," she said. "At the end of the day, it's all about believing. 

"It's up to God. God has decided my career and he will end my career, so no human can stop me from running. 

"I understand there's been a lot of controversy but that does not control anything. 

"Actions speak louder than words. When you're a great champion you always deliver. 

"With me, life has been simple. I'm just here to deliver for the people who love and support me. 

"I'm enjoying each and every moment of my life, maybe because I have the love I need from my people. 

"It's all about confusing your enemies. If people create you as an enemy you keep it like that. 

"We're doing it for the next generation, we want to inspire them. I cannot talk about the case, what I can talk about is the running. Some things I cannot control. I believe in my legal team. They will do their best to get me back on the track." 

When asked by Sportsmail if she planned to take the medication, Semenya replied "Hell no," but clarified she still intends to compete in the 800m. 

"With this situation, you can never tell the future," she added. 

"How the hell am I going to retire when I'm 28? I still feel young, energetic. I still have 10 years or more in athletics, it doesn't matter how I'm going to do it. What matters is I'll still be here." 

British rival Lynsey Sharp revealed she has received death threats for previously speaking out about the challenges of competing against Semenya. 

"I've known Caster since 2008, it's something I've been familiar with over the past 11 years," she said in quotes reported by BBC Sport. 

"It's not a decision that's been taken lightly. No one benefits from this situation – of course she doesn't benefit, but it's not me versus her, it's not us versus them. 

"I've had death threats. I've had threats against my family and that's not a position I want to be in. It's really unfortunate the way it's played out. 

"It's good that there has been some sort of solution, but no-one is going to agree, unfortunately. 

"By no means am I over the moon about this, it's just been a long 11 years for everyone." 

Caster Semenya dominated the 800 metres women's race at the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Doha, amid speculation she could retire after losing her case against the IAAF. 

The South African powered to a world-leading and meet-record time of one minute and 54.98 seconds after a superb second lap. 

Semenya put clear daylight between herself and the chasing pack, with Francine Niyonsaba and Ajee Wilson coming second and third respectively.  

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday dismissed the two-time 800m Olympic champion's appeal against the IAAF's testosterone regulations in a landmark legal case. 

The IAAF's ruling will require Semenya to take medication to reduce testosterone levels in order to compete in track events ranging from 400m to a mile. 

Initially, Semenya stated that she will "rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world" in response to the CAS decision. 

However, a cryptic tweet on Friday that included the quote, "Knowing when to walk away is wisdom. Being able to is courage. Walking away with your head held high is dignity" prompted speculation Semenya might retire, leading to an outpouring of support from fans urging her not to do so. 

"For me, this is life. In life, it's hard sometimes, sometimes it's good, but there's nothing that can stop me living in this world," the 28-year-old said after the race, as quoted by the Independent. 

"I think it’s all about keeping believing. If kids look up to you, you must keep doing what’s best for them.  

"This is no longer about us, it’s about the future, the next generation. So we keep inspiring them and then life goes on." 

An appeal can be made against the CAS decision to the Swiss Federal Tribunal within 30 days of the ruling. The IAAF's rules are set to come into effect on May 8. 

Caster Semenya is due to compete in the Diamond League on Friday despite hinting at retirement after losing her case against the IAAF.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday dismissed the two-time 800 metre Olympic champion's appeal against the IAAF's testosterone regulations in a landmark legal case.

Semenya challenged a new ruling which will require her to reduce her testosterone levels by taking medication in order to compete in distances up to a mile.

The regulations will come into force next Wednesday, so South African Semenya is still able to run in Doha two days after a verdict which put her career in doubt.

Semenya vowed that the CAS decision will not hold her back and she will "rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world".

Yet the 28-year-old prompted speculation over her future with a social media post on Thursday.

She tweeted: "Knowing when to walk away is wisdom. Being able to is courage. Walking away with your head held high is dignity."

The South African government says it will study the judgment of the landmark legal case against the IAAF and its testosterone regulations before planning a route forward.

Caster Semenya and Athletics South Africa (ASA), backed by the government, had a request for arbitration concerning the IAAF's eligibility rules for athletes with differences of sex development (DSD) dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday.

The regulations require DSD athletes, such as Semenya, with naturally occurring high levels of testosterone to lower them in order to compete in women's track events from 400m to a mile.

Although a CAS panel did consider the regulations to be "discriminatory", it ruled by majority that "such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF's aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics".

The IAAF's DSD regulations, which were set to come into effect last November but were suspended pending the outcome of the CAS procedures, are now due to become active from May 8.

This means Semenya will be required to take medication to reduce her testosterone levels in order to defend her 800m title in September's World Championships in Doha.

However, the ruling, which referenced "some serious concerns as to the future practical applications of these DSD regulations", may be appealed at the Swiss Federal Tribunal within 30 days.

A statement from South Africa's minister of sport and recreation Tokozile Xasa described the government's disappointment but offered Semenya encouragement and said it would now take time to consider the judgment.

"Naturally, we are disappointed with the judgment," Xasa said. "However, we have directed ASA to request a copy of the full judgment. We will study the judgment, consider it and determine a way forward.

"As the South African government, we have always maintained that these regulations trample on the human rights and dignity of Caster Semenya and other women athletes.

"We will comment further after studying the full judgment."

Xasa thanked the South African public for their support and added to Semenya: "You remain our golden girl.

"What you have done for our people and girls is enormous. You have flown our flag high, you have united a nation and inspired a rural girl. For that, we thank you, Mokgadi."

She also assured that both the government and ASA would keep pushing to have the regulations declared invalid and void.

"ASA should continue to lobby other national athletics associations in other jurisdictions to internally oppose these regulations," Xasa said.

"We, too, in government will continue to lobby through other international organsations on our opposition to these regulations and continue to put the necessary pressure on the IAAF to see the impact of these regulations on global human rights tenets and frameworks."

Caster Semenya insists she will not be held back and will "once again rise above" after losing her landmark legal case against the IAAF's testosterone regulations.

In a ruling announced on Wednesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the requests for arbitration filed by Olympic 800m champion Semenya and Athletics South Africa (ASA) concerning the IAAF's eligibility rules for athletes with differences of sex development (DSD).

The regulations, which were set to come into effect last November but were suspended pending the outcome of the CAS procedures, require DSD athletes such as Semenya with naturally-occurring high levels of testosterone to lower them in order to compete in women's track events from 400m to a mile.

Semenya and ASA argued they should be declared invalid and void with immediate effect. Yet although a CAS panel did consider the regulations to be "discriminatory", it ruled by majority that "such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF's aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics".

As a result, the IAAF's DSD regulations are set to come into effect from May 8, meaning Semenya will be required to take medication to reduce her testosterone levels in order to defend her 800m title in September's World Championships in Doha.

The CAS ruling may be appealed at the Swiss Federal Tribunal within 30 days.

In a statement released by her lawyers, Semenya said: "I know that the IAAF's regulations have always targeted me specifically.

"For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger.

"The decision of the CAS will not hold me back. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world."

The IAAF is adamant its regulations are not targeted towards Semenya, instead arguing the distances the rules apply to were selected because the "performance advantage" of having higher levels of circulating testosterone are "most clearly seen".

In a statement welcoming the CAS ruling, world athletics' governing body said: "The IAAF is grateful to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for its detailed and prompt response to the challenge made to its eligibility regulations for the female classification for athletes with differences of sex development, and is pleased that the regulations were found to be a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF's legitimate aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the restricted events.

"For the avoidance of doubt, no athlete will be forced to undergo any assessment and/or treatment under these regulations. It is each athlete's responsibility, in close consultation with her medical team, to decide whether or not to proceed with any assessment and/or treatment."

The CAS panel has suggested the IAAF consider deferring its application of DSD regulations to the 1500m and one mile events "until more evidence is available".

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed Caster Semenya's appeal against the IAAF's testosterone regulations in a landmark legal case.

South African Semenya, the double defending Olympic champion over 800 metres, and Athletics South Africa had challenged the IAAF's new regulations concerning athletes with differences of sex development (DSD).

The rules in question require athletes with naturally-occurring high levels of testosterone to take medication to reduce those levels, in order to compete in women's track events ranging from 400m to a mile.

The IAAF stated last year that those distances were selected because the "performance advantage" of having higher levels of circulating testosterone are "most clearly seen".

Semenya argued the regulations were "discriminatory, unnecessary, unreliable and disproportionate" and earned backing from her national government, but on Wednesday CAS announced it had found in favour of the IAAF, meaning the 28-year-old will now have to take medication to continue competing at international level.

The CAS ruling may be appealed at the Swiss Federal Tribunal within 30 days. The IAAF's rules are set to come into effect on May 8.

A CAS panel found the DSD regulations to be "discriminatory", but argued they were nevertheless necessary to maintain the integrity of female athletics.

"By majority, the CAS panel has dismissed the requests for arbitration considering that the claimants were unable to establish that the DSD regulations were 'invalid'," read an official release from CAS.

"The panel found that the DSD regulations are discriminatory but the majority of the panel found that, on the basis of the evidence submitted by the parties, such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF's aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the restricted events."

Semenya also competes in the 1500m, and the CAS panel recommended the IAAF defer its ruling affecting athletes racing over that distance and a mile "until more evidence is available", while also expressing "some serious concerns as to the future practical application of these DSD regulations".

Following the announcement from CAS regarding the contentious case, the IAAF published a statement issuing its gratitude to CAS for its "detailed and prompt response to the challenge", while Semenya posted an image on Twitter bearing the words "sometimes it's better to react with no reaction".

Sebastian Coe has been cleared of misleading MPs over when he was first made aware of doping and corruption allegations by an IAAF investigation.

The IAAF's ethics board began a probe into its president in September 2018 following claims by a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee report that answers provided by Coe to questions provided in 2015 were "misleading".

Coe denied having misled the committee and a report published by the ethics board on Thursday found "there is no evidence such that there is any realistic prospect that any disciplinary case could be established that Lord Coe intentionally misled the Parliamentary Committee."

The investigation against the former middle-distance runner centred on an e-mail sent to Coe by ex-10,000 metre world-record holder David Bedford with regards to the bribery case of Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova. 

Coe confirmed he had received an e-mail but it had been forwarded on to the IAAF ethics board via his personal assistant, who supported his version.

The report added: "Coe's evidence is that his personal assistant forwarded the email with its attachments to the Chairperson of the Ethics Board and that he [Lord Coe] did not read the attachments.

"The investigation did not find any evidence inconsistent with that position."

A widely reported statement from Coe read: "I want to thank the ethics board for all the work they do.

"When I became President of the IAAF, I promised greater transparency and integrity. I hope this demonstrates that no-one is above the rules and everyone in the sport is subject to the same scrutiny."

 

The recent remarks of IAAF president Sebastian Coe regarding gender classification have "opened old wounds" for double Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya.

South African Semenya, the 800 metres champion at both the London and Rio Games, is currently challenging the IAAF's proposals to alter the regulations affecting women with higher than normal levels of testosterone who compete in track events ranging from 400m up to a mile.

Earlier this month, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced it would be delaying a decision on the case, while IAAF chief Coe – himself a double Olympic champion over 1500m in the 1980s – gave an interview to the Australian Daily Telegraph.

Coe said: "The reason we have gender classification is because if you didn't then no woman would ever win another title or another medal or break another record in our sport," which has prompted a heartfelt response from Semenya's camp.

"This weekend Ms Semenya read the comments of Mr. Sebastian Coe published in an exclusive interview," the statement began. "Ms Semenya remembers her story breaking out of Australia 10 years ago on the eve of her competing in the 2009 World Championships.

"After winning the 800m final the next day Ms Semenya stood in the middle of the stadium knowing that everyone watching the event was judging her. She was 18 years old. The nature of the intrusive medical examinations that Ms Semenya was subjected to following the event were discussed publicly, including by the IAAF.

"The scars Ms Semenya has developed over the past decade run deep. She has endured and forged herself into a symbol of strength, hope and courage. Reading the comments of Mr. Coe this weekend opened those old wounds and the reference by the Daily Telegraph (Australia) to "the muscle-packed Semenya" is just the latest illustration of how the issues have been distorted by innuendo.

"Ms Semenya is a woman. There is no debate or question about this and the IAAF does not dispute this. She was born a woman, raised a woman, socialised as a woman and has competed as a woman her entire life. Mr. Coe may have views about transgender women in sport, but that is a different issue.

"Ms. Semenya has challenged the regulation that affects women athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs) and forces them to undergo invasive medical intervention to be able to participate in women's sport. Ms Semenya does not wish to undergo medical intervention to change who she is and how she was born. She wants to compete naturally.

"Women with DSDs are born with rare genetic differences. These differences should be celebrated in sports like all other genetic variations that make elite events worth watching. Mr. Coe is wrong to think Ms Semenya is a threat to women's sport.

"Ms Semenya is a heroine and inspirational role model for young girls around the world who dream of achieving excellence in sport. Ms Semenya hopes and dreams that one day she can run free of judgment, free of discrimination and in a world where she is accepted for who she is."

 

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