“As a two-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion, Caster Semenya has time and again displayed distinction and dignity on and off the track in athletics. Caster has done so throughout her career while suffering abusive treatment, which has resulted in her being banned from competing in her favorite events,” Kuduwa said.
“While the fight to get Custer to compete in her favorite athletics events continues, the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights is a clear statement of how Custer has faced discrimination in her fight against offensive regulations to which she has been subjected.
You have stated time and time again that women’s rights are human rights. As a government, we will continue to support Custer and South African Athletics in the fight for the dignity of female athletes for the right for Custer to compete in their favorite events.”
World Athletics said it was sticking to its rules, which will remain in place for the time being.
“We continue to believe that DSD regulations are a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of protecting fair competition in a female category such as the Cas [Court of Arbitration for Sport] and SFT [Swiss Federal Tribunal] Both were found after a detailed and expert assessment of the evidence.”