Minister of Sport and Recreation Thokozile Xasa has re-asserted her support for the World and Olympic champion Caster Semenya.
Caster Semenya won the South African 5 000m title on Thursday but refused to discuss next week’s ruling on whether or not athletes’ testosterone levels should be regulated in a landmark case which could seriously impact her career.
The South African Society of Psychiatrists (Sasop) says the proposed rule by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) to medically suppress testosterone levels of some female athletes is unethical and a violation of human rights.
Double Olympic 800-metres champion, Caster Semenya, says she is optimistic of success in her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over eligibility regulations in athletics for female classification.
The UN Human Rights Council has condemned the IAAF’s attempt to regulate the testosterone levels of female athletes, as nations unanimously backed the cause of South African runner Caster Semenya.