Nathi Mthethwa speaks out about Caster Semenya's failed CAS appeal

Nathi Mthethwa speaks out about Caster Semenya's failed CAS appeal

- Sports mMinister Nathi Mthethwa has issued a statement about the Swiss court's decision to rule against Caster Semenya

- Earlier this week, the Swiss court ruled that Caster would still not be allowed to participate in races unless she medically lowers her elevated testosterone levels

- Nathi Mthethwa has called the decision an "injustice against African women"

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Earlier this week The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ruled against Caster Semenya's appeal to participate in international races should she refuse to lower her above-average testosterone levels.

Last year, the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) made the decision that Caster, a woman with a difference in sexual development, should not be allowed to participate in women's 400m races unless she took medication or underwent a medical procedure to reduce her high testosterone levels.

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Their decision resulted in an uproar from South Africans who were outraged by the discrimination Caster is being faced with. Celebrities like Somizi, Anele Mdoda and Thando Thabete have all shown support for the sports star.

Nathi Mthethwa has spoken out about Caster Semenya's failed CAS appeal

Somizi has also backed Caster. Source: IG/Somizi
Source: Instagram

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In the meantime, SA Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa released a statement during which he address the Swiss courts decision as well as what steps SA plans to take in defence of Caster Semenya.

“As the government of democratic SA‚ a country renowned for its tradition of promoting and protecting basic human rights‚ with Athletics SA (ASA)‚ we will study the judgment and consider various options and avenues at our disposal in our collective campaign to fight this injustice.
“We call upon all South Africans‚ Africans and the entire world to rally behind Caster in our quest to defeat injustice against women in sport and, in particular, African women."
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Briefly.co.za previously reported Somizi has taken to social media to share that he is not happy that Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court has dismissed Caster Semenya's appeal against last year's Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling.

The CAS had ruled that the Olympic champion would have to take testosterone-reducing drugs in order to compete in races between 400m and a mile. The reality TV star shared a collage of Caster and Jarmila Kratochvílová, who ran 800 metres in 1:53.28 seconds in 1983. He captioned his post: "White privilege."

One of his social media followers verozimk had this to say:

"You can say that again, I think we need human rights lawyers to step up here. Trans people can race with women but a person born a woman is called too much of a woman to race with women."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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