Caster Semenya hints at athletics exit after harsh IAAF ruling

Caster Semenya hints at athletics exit after harsh IAAF ruling

- Olympic champion Caster Semenya shared a social media post hinting at retirement

- This follows the loss of her case to prevent the IAAF implementing its controversial new ruling

- The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed the initial request and its believed that Semenya is still considering taking further legal action

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Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, caught everyone’s attention on Thursday as she hinted at an early retirement from athletics.

Her social media post alluded to walking away with her head held high.

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The tweet sent twitter into a frenzy as the tweet was liked more than 7 000 times with hundreds also pledging their support for Semenya.

This follows the loss of her case to prevent the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from implementing its controversial new ruling.

Briefly.co.za previously reported on the ruling and how government funded the lawsuit to the tune of R25 million.

The IAAF’s new rule means that athletes with differences in sexual development (DSD) will have to take testosterone suppressants to reduce the level to that of other females.

The Citizen reported the rule will come into play for athletes running between distances between 400m to 1.609km.

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Unfortunately, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed requests from Semenya and Athletics South Africa (ASA) to overturn the new policy.

Semenya’s lawyers confirmed that she is still considering her options and weighing up a possible appeal.

The Olympic gold medallist will compete in the 800m race in Doha as part of the Diamond League on Friday.

The world will watch with bated breath to see if this turns out to be her final international race.

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