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Semenya denies she refused to run in Rabat, blames event organiser | Malay Mail

Semenya denies she refused to run in Rabat, blames event organiser

16.6.2019

Semenya denies she refused to run in Rabat , blames event organiser

PARIS, June 16 — Caster Semenya ’s representatives reacted angrily yesterday after the organiser of the Diamond League event in Rabat said the Olympic champion had refused an invitation to run the 800m. Semenya was free to run after Switzerland’s top court on Wednesday rejected an IAAF request...

Semenya was free to run after Switzerland’s top court on Wednesday rejected an IAAF request to re-impose rules obliging her to lower her testosterone before competing in certain events.

“Caster Semenya did not decline an invitation to run the 800m in Rabat. The Federation made it impossible for her to participate,” it read.

“Frustrated by this unjustified and belated rejection,” the release continued, “Caster had no choice but to return to South Africa.”

Semenya, who won the women’s 800 metres at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, has been fighting a proposed IAAF rule requiring women with higher than normal male hormone levels, a condition known as hyperandrogenism, to artificially lower their testosterone to compete in races at distances of 400m to the mile.

Semenya, who won the 800m in the season-opening Doha Diamond League, is now slated to run the 3,000m at the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic, exceptionally being held in Stanford, California this year, on June 30. — AFP

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