Caster Semenya temporarily free to run as court suspends rules change

Caster Semenya temporarily free to run as court suspends rules change

- Caster Semenya will temporarily be allowed to compete in races without lowering her testosterone levels

- This comes as Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ordered the IAAF to puts its rules change temporarily on hold

- The rules will be suspended until another hearing on the matter can take place

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The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland has instructed the IAAF to temporarily suspend its regulations regarding female athletes while Caster Semenya's appeal of a recent rules change is pending.

In effect, this means that Semenya will, temporarily at least, once more be able to compete in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m races without lowering her testosterone levels.

This follows Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to allow the IAAF to require female atheletes with testosterone above a certain threshold to medically lower their testosterone in order to compete.

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The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland confirmed its decision on Monday. 

Semenya said she was thankful to the judges, saying in a statement, "I hope that following my appeal I will once again be able to run free."

Her lawyers also welcomed the development, Briefly.co.za has gathered. 

The requirement for female athletes to lower their testosterone will be suspended until such time as another hearing can take place regarding CAS-approved rules change, according to Sowetan Live.

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Until then, Semenya will be able to take part in competition.

There are several races in the coming weeks which she is likely to take part in, including two Diamond League meets and three World Challenges, among others.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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