Wed. Sep 23rd, 2020

Rabat Diamond League will allow Caster Semenya to run

caster semenya nando's message iaafOrganisers of the Rabat Diamond League have made a dramatic u-turn over the potential involvement of Caster Semenya in the women’s 800 metres.

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Caster Semenya has been invited to race in the 800m at Sunday’s Diamond League Meeting in Rabat.

Semenya revealed in a statement issued through her lawyer on Thursday that organisers had barred her from competition, despite the Swiss Supreme Court ruling setting aside the IAAF’s testosterone regulations for the duration of her appeal against last month’s CAS ruling. However a report from the BBC on Friday revealed that organisers had experienced a change of heart.

Lawyers representing Semenya have made contact with the powers that be in Morocco over the decision but it is unclear what part that may have played in the decision.

While they strictly adhere to IAAF rules and regulations Diamond League meetings are not organised by the sport’s governing body, and those in charge of individual events are responsible for who they invite.

Should Semenya accept the invitation to compete in Rabat she will be the only woman from South Africa competing at the event. South Africa’s five other entrants are all men with three of them Luvo Manyonga, Ruswahl Samaai and Zarck Visser competing in the long jump. Clarence Munyai will line up in the men’s 200m, looking to improve on his ninth place in Nanjing while the South African contingent is completed by 110 metre hurdler Antonio Alkana and discus thrower Victor Hogan.

Semenya missed the Stockholm leg of the Diamond League due to the IAAF putting their testosterone limits into place and the athlete refusing to undergo chemical limiting. Her last outing in the 800 metres was in the international season opening Doha meet, where she blew away the field with an assured run.

The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland’s ruling means that Semenya will be able to run for the time being, though the IAAF and Athletics South Africa have until 25 June to make submissions to the Supreme Court on Semenya’s request that the IAAF regulations be suspended throughout the entire appeal proceedings.

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