South African middle-distance athlete Caster Semenya's main goal is no longer to win Olympics but to defeat in court World Athletics, which introduced rules preventing
the female athletes with DSDs from competing unless they medically suppress their naturally high testosterone levels, Semenya told the British media.
Moreover, although the athlete continues to train, it seems that she finished her sports career
and wants to focus on her legal battle to eliminate the regulations, while coaching, the outlet revealed.
"In running, I have achieved everything I ever wanted. They have never stopped me from being the great athlete I am. I went four years unbeaten; I've done my part. I fight for what is right, for humanity and for inclusivity. And I fight for all women in the world. This young, upcoming generation cannot face the same scrutiny, the same judgement. They must be treated right," Semenya highlighted.
In addition, the athlete reportedly underlined that the rulings affect only Africans
and Asians and are a "racial issue."
"There is no pink skin person who is affected by it (the regulations). It is only brown-skinned females. That is the simple truth. It targets only Africans and Asians. So, you have to say, is this in the best interests of women’s sport, or in the best interests of certain women?" she noted.
According to the outlet, World Athletics accepted new regulations regarding the athletes
with DSD in order to "protect the female category."
Furthermore, the spokesperson added that DSD conditions are found all over the world, however, in Africa
and other developing areas they are revealed not at birth as usual but later, the report noted.
Over a decade ago, Semenya was subject to sex testing after winning the women's 800m World Championship in 2009. As the athlete's condition was revealed, she was told by the World Athletics, which was then called International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), that she would have to suppress her testosterone using medication in order to take part in competitions.
In 2011, Word Athletics introduced the rules limiting the participation of female athletes
with hyperandrogenism, a condition characterized by higher than usual levels of testosterone.
In early 2018, the IAAF withdrew their Hyperandrogenism Regulations and a month later introduced their new DSD Regulations with a testosterone limit for women with hyperandrogenism twice as low as it used to be.
In June 2018, Semenya challenged the IAAF rules, calling them "discriminatory, irrational, [and] unjustifiable." However, her claim was dismissed. In 2021, she again appealed the case to the European Court of Human Rights, which in July 2023 ruled in her favor. Nevertheless, the court decision did not overturn the regulations themselves.