Caster Semenya finally gets her gold medal at the 2011 world championships after Russian runner Maria Savinova was stripped of her title for doping.
But Semenya will not attend the medal re-awarding ceremony at the upcoming world championships in Doha, Qatar, the South African Athletics Federation announced on Thursday.
Semenya was barred from defending her latest 800m world title in Doha because she refused to follow new IAAF rules requiring her to have her natural testosterone levels medically reduced to be allowed to compete in certain events. races, including his favorite event.
Instead, Athletics South Africa will receive the medal from the world athletics body on Semenya’s behalf in Doha and decide on a suitable event to present the medal to Semenya in South Africa, he said.
The re-awarding of the medals comes after the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2017 upheld Savinova’s doping ban, reversing her results from 2010 to 2013. She was also stripped of her 2012 Olympic gold medal in the 800 meters . That title also went to Semenya, who also finished second in that race.
Semenya, who has two Olympic titles and three world titles in the 800m, has not been allowed since July to compete in high-level competitions over distances ranging from 400 meters to a mile because she refused to take anti-hormonal drugs online. with the rules introduced by the IAAF last year.
Second call in progress
Semenya has challenged the rules twice in court. She lost at the Court of Arbitration for Sport this year and her second legal challenge is still being considered by the Swiss Supreme Court.
If she fails in court a second time, Semenya may also not be able to defend her Olympic title next year in Tokyo.
Semenya is one of many elite female athletes with differences in sexual development conditions, which translates into male and female biological characteristics. She was legally identified as female at birth and has identified as female her entire life, but was born with the typical male XY chromosomal pattern and has testosterone levels above the typical female range.
The IAAF says testosterone gives her an unfair athletic advantage over other runners and she must reduce it if she wants to run in the Olympics, World Championships and Diamond League meetings.
The disputed rules require Semenya to lower his testosterone below an IAAF-specified level and maintain it for at least six months before a major race.
She could run in races outside the restricted events without any medical intervention, which would mean running up to 3,000 or 5,000 meters or down to 200 meters.
Semenya announced last week that she was joining a South African football club and playing there in 2020, but later denied that this meant she was retiring from athletics.
She wrote on Twitter: “Being a footballer doesn’t mean I’m not a track and field athlete anymore. Just to clear things up.”