The chronology of the Semenya case


The Court of Arbitration for Sport has put an end to the dispute between the athlete Caster Semenya and the International Athletics Federation, which began in 2009 and has lasted for ten years. A long process that we present below with the most relevant dates.

– August 19, 2009.- At the World Championships in Berlin, where her femininity is questioned because of her features, musculature, facial hair and general appearance, she obtains gold in the 800 with a record of 1: 55.25. She undergoes sex control and the IAAF prevents her from competing until her case is resolved.

– September 11, 2009.- The South African Government announces that it will make its own sex tests to the young athlete, initially that November, although they were finally postponed.

– July 6, 2010.- The International Federation authorizes Semenya to return to the competition after accepting the conclusions of an international group of experts who had analyzed the case, but provided that it has limits on testosterone levels below 10 nanomoles per liter of blood.

– July 15, 2010. – Returns to the victorious competition in the 800 race of the Finnish Lappeenrenta meeting, with a time of 1: 59.90, which he repeated the following month in Berlin.

– September 4, 2011.- Silver in the world championship in Daegu 800 (Japan), although for the doping of the Russian Mariya Savinova was awarded the gold.

– August 11, 2012.- Olympic standard-bearer from South Africa at the London Games, he won the silver in 800, later converted into gold by Savinova's doping.

– July 15, 2016.- After a few years of discrete times and over 2 minutes, he won the 800 of the Monaco meeting with 1: 55.33, the best record of the last 8 years.

– August 20, 2016.- Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro, with 1: 55.28, 2 seconds behind the world record of Jarmila Katroschvilova (1983).

– April 26, 2018.- The IAAF approves a more restrictive rule that establishes the limit of 5 nanomoles per liter of blood for at least 6 months to compete in women's tests between 400 m and one mile; otherwise, the athlete will have to compete as a man. The rule was to take effect in November, but it was postponed.

– June 2018.- Semenya resorts to this restrictive regulation for hyperandrogenism before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS).

– June 30, 2018.- Reduces personal registration to 1: 54.25 in Paris and signs similar times in subsequent appointments of that year.

– 1 May 2019.- The CAS rejects the appeal lodged by Caster Semenya and the South African Athletics Federation against the IAAF regulation. . (tagsToTranslate) chronology (t) case (t) semenya


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