SA continues to fight for Caster Semenya to compete in 2021 Olympics

- The South African government has not given up its bid to get Caster Semenya qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

- Her matter has been escalated to the European Human Rights Court in a bid to overrule CAS Arbitration's last ruling that she should regulate her hormones

- The matter was recently discussed at a portfolio committee meeting for SA's Arts, Culture, and Sports department

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The South African Sports, Arts, and Culture department is refusing to give up on Caster Semenya's case and has now escalated the matter to the European Court of Human Rights in an attempt to overrule CAS's last ruling against Semenya.

The department recently held a meeting in preparation for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Semenya's case was one of the most important things that were discussed in the meeting that took place on Tuesday this week.

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In a statement released after the meeting, The Chairperson of the committee, Beauty Dlulane said that the ASA is fully behind Semenya. She also said that many other countries would also love to see Semenya compete.

Meanwhile, locals have had this to say:

@BellaPrincipesa said:

"Should they be able to compete in their birth gender, sure. Should men who identify as women compete against women? Absolutely not. Caster Semenya deserves ALL the apologies owed to HER."

@Emperor_napson said:

"Racism is grand. Remember that time IAAF told Caster Semenya to take drugs to reduce her testosterone levels because she looks like a man but allowed transwomen (former men) to partake in sports without hindrances."

@maqusan said:

"People will claim biological gender is innate, immutable, and not a social construct and then go put Caster Semenya in front of a committee."

@fagocean said:

"No and no. Although not a fictional character, the first time I ever heard a story of a lesbian South African woman on local TV was when Caster Semenya started gaining much national attention. That's how little representation exists in our local stories."
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Briefly.co.za previously reported the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland has denied Caster Semenya's appeal to take part in certain international Olympic races. Last year, the Court of Arbitration for Sports ruled that Caster could no longer take part in 800m and 1 500m events due to her high levels of testosterone.

It was decided by the court that Caster could only take part in the sport should she undergo a medical procedure or undertake medication that would help lower her elevated testosterone levels.

Caster has however refused to take any steps to lower her testosterone levels, stating that she will not allow these setbacks to change who she is. She has also highlighted the fact that it was not in proper standing to force female athletes to endanger their health by undergoing procedures that could pose potential health problems.

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