Swiss Court Blocks Hormone Treatment Rule for Intersex Runner

Caster Semenya. Photo via Facebook

Caster Semenya, an intersex track star from South Africa, was barred from running by the track and field governing body unless she undergoes hormone therapy.

But she won a temporary reprieve in front of a Swiss federal court that will allow her to run without lowering her testosterone levels, according to The New York Times. However, Semenya’s case remains unresolved, and it could stay that way until the Tokyo Olympics in July 2020. 

“I am thankful to the Swiss judges for this decision,” Semenya said in a statement, according to The New York Times. “I hope that following my appeal I will once again be able to run free.”

If the case is still open during late July and early August, Semenya could presumably run in the Olympics for her third title, the Times reported.