By Andre van Wyk
Cape Town — Lawyers for Caster Semenya have confirmed that the Olympic 800m champion will challenge a female classification rule imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations, BBC reports.
According to ABC.net law firm Norton Rose Fulbright said in a statement that Semenya will take her fight to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and file a challenge on Monday.
Semenya’s reason for challenging the ruling, which would require her to take medication to reduce her levels of naturally-produced testosterone, is set on the basis that it violates the IAAF’s own constitution, as well as the Olympic charter and athletes’ human rights, Eyewitness News says.
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“It is not fair. I just want to run naturally, the way I was born,” said the two-time Olympic champion. “I am Mokgadi Caster Semenya. I am a woman and I am fast.”
“These advantages (which translate, in athletics, to an average 10-12 per cent performance difference across all disciplines) make competition between men and women as meaningless and unfair as an adult competing against a child,” said the IAAF said in a statement.