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‘Quest for justice’ — Semenya’s legal battle continues

Despite retiring after last year’s lost appeal with World Athletics, Caster Semenya hopes that her latest court hearing will protect the dignity of the athletes that come after her.

And the Commission for |Gender Equality (CGE) has called for all South Africans to rally behind her.

The grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) began a case in Strasbourg, France on Wednesday after findings last year showed the middle distance running icon had been discriminated against.

Semenya had initially attempted to overturn World Athletics rules, but lost the appeal at the Swiss federal court.

The rules require that athletes with differences in sexual development take hormone suppressants in order to compete against women.

The decision by the ECHR was based on discrimination and violation of privacy; and Semenya hopes that the case will open the eyes of all sports organisations.

“My hope is that World Athletics, and indeed all sports organisations, will take account of the ECHR’s decision and ensure that the dignity and human rights of athletes are respected,” she told AFP.

The CGE said on Wednesday that a favourable outcome would be important to athletes worldwide.

That would be “a finding by the grand chamber that issues between international athletics bodies such as World Athletics and individual athletes are not a matter of private law but of public human rights law,” according to CGM chairperson Advocate Nthabiseng Sepanya-Mogale.

“A favourable outcome will be of massive importance to athletes with differences in sexual development worldwide.

“This action [a clarion call for all to rally behind Semenya] is not only about Caster, but the principle of justice and the rule of law.”

Pictured above: Caster Semenya.

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