Nando’s turned up the heat with a simple message to anyone hating on Caster Semenya. In a post shared to Facebook on Thursday, the fast food restaurant shared the following message and picture:
Caster Mokgadi Semenya, they couldn’t take your heat, so they redid the kitchen.
The Facebook comments were full of support for the double-Olympic champion. The message comes after Semenya lost her appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which ruled that the IAAF’s so-called DSD regulations should be upheld.
The court criticised the regulations as
“discriminatory” but the three-person panel felt that it was
warranted. It means that female runners in certain event categories will have
to take medication to cap their testosterone levels at five nanomoles per litre
(nmol/L) of blood.
The regulations will only apply to running distances from
400m to one-mile and will come into effect from 8 May 2019.
Semenya, however, can appeal the decision at a Swiss
tribunal within 30 days. Her legal team said that they are considering their
options. Semenya and her legal team have got 30 days from the day of the
verdict to decide.
The ruling has been widely criticised by several high-profile athletes both former and current. One of Semenya’s ex competitors admitted that she was “bitter” to lose against the South African, but added that she was “wrong and ignorant”.
Semenya will take part on the 800m event at the first
Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha on Friday, though. She was confirmed
on the start list on Thursday with organisers saying that the South African was
awaiting the verdict before deciding to run.
Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera Wambui, bronze-medal winner at the 2016 Olympics, will also be on the 800m start line. She joined the chorus of criticism, calling them “unfair”.