Caster Semenya goes to the European Court of Human Rights to abolish the testosterone rule in female athletes.
The two-time Olympic champion in the 800 meters announced this Thursday via Twitter.
Thirty-year-old Semenya was born with an abnormality in her chromosome, which causes her to produce three times as many hormones as other women.
Following a rule change in 2019, Semenya is required to use hormone riders to compete in the 400, 800 and 1,500 meters.
The limit does not apply to other distances.
“I hope the Court will end the human right violation that I have faced for years. All we ask is to be allowed to run free once and for all, like the strong and fearless women that we are and always have been, ”said Semenya.
Last year, Semenya lost an appeal against the testosterone rule in the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.
Also in 2018 she was not right at the international sports tribunal CAS.
Still, Semenya hopes to be able to defend her Olympic title in the 800 meters next summer without the use of hormone riders.
Before the introduction of the testosterone rule in 2019, Semenya ruled the 800 meters.
In her last participation in the walking distance, the South African won for the thirtieth time in a row.
In addition to her two Olympic titles, she also captured three world titles in the 800 meters.