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IAAF ordered to suspend testosterone rules

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:16 AM
South Africa’s Caster Semenya crosses the finish line after winning the the women’s 800m event at the Golden Gala IAAF athletic meeting in Rome’s Olympic Stadium on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
South Africa’s Caster Semenya crosses the finish line after winning the the women’s 800m event at the Golden Gala IAAF athletic meeting in Rome’s Olympic Stadium on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP):

Caster Semenya’s lawyers say the Swiss supreme court has ordered track’s governing body to suspend its testosterone regulations.

The lawyers say yesterday’s ruling allows Semenya to compete unrestricted in all female events. The two-time Olympic 800m champion can now run in her favoured event without suppressing her natural testosterone level.

Temporary ruling

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 800m title at the IAAF 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.