South African double Olympic 800-metre champion Caster Semenya is to take her fight with World Athletics to the European Court of Human Rights, her lawyers confirmed on Tuesday.
Semenya is one of a number of female athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs)
competing in races ranging from 400 metres to a mile, who World Athletics insist must reduce their naturally high levels of testosterone in order to run.
This can be done either through the use of drugs or surgical interventions.
Semenya has vowed to fight the regulations, but has already lost an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and another subsequent plea to the Swiss Federal Tribunal (SFT) asking for the CAS ruling to be set aside.
Semenya’s lawyer Greg Nott says: “We will be taking World Athletics to the European Court of Human Rights.
“We remain hopeful that World Athletics will see the error it has made and reverse the prohibitive rules which restrict Ms Semenya from competing.”
World Athletics have consistently said the regulations are aimed at creating a level playing field for all athletes.