Semenya denied chance to contest 800m in Morocco… despite Swiss court ruling

Caster Semenya hit out on Thursday night after being denied entry into Sunday’s IAAF Diamond League meet in Morocco.

The double Olympic champion had wanted to contest the 800m in Rabat but claims the president of the Moroccan Athletics Federation has failed to grant her an invitation.

The apparent snub came despite the fact that Semenya is currently free to run at any distance after the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ordered the IAAF to suspend their DSD regulations, which would have meant Semenya needing to take testosterone-lowering medication in order to compete between 400m and a mile.

The Swiss court on Wednesday rejected an initial request from the IAAF to immediately re-impose the regulation, according to Semenya’s lawyers. The IAAF have been given until June 25 to convince the court to reinstate their rule.

After being blocked entry to run in Rabat, where the South African won at the meet in 2018, a statement from Semenya’s legal team read: “Caster expresses grave frustration that she has been prevented from competing in the 800m in Rabat, in an apparent violation of the Swiss Supreme Court’s order.

“She was notified on June 11 that the president of the Moroccan Athletics Federation has denied her participation. Caster is currently seeking clarity on the specific reasons for that decision, and she urges the IAAF to ensure its member federations comply with the law and the Supreme Court’s orders of May 31 and June 12.”

The Moroccan Athletics Federation has not yet responded to a request for comment.

– MailOnline


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