Caster Semenya has been a dominant star of the 800m track and field competition all around the world. But international sports officials have decided what she calls her “natural gifts” present an unfair advantage to other women. The International Associations of Athletic Federations have instituted a rule that requires women like Semenya who are believed to have disorders of sexual development to undergo mandatory hormone treatment to suppress their naturally elevated levels of testosterone.
Jul 27, 2012, 10:00am PDT
November 18, 2020
Caster Semenya is taking her fight against World Athletics to the European Court of Human Rights
The Olympic champion is appealing against World Athletics’ rule restricting testosterone levels in female runners.
October 5, 2020
Caster Semenya ponders appealing her case before a Human Rights court
After being denied by Switzerland’s Supreme Court, Semenya might not be finished running the 800 meters after all.
September 9, 2020
Caster Semenya lost what may be her final appeal to compete in the 800m
The Swiss Supreme Court ruled South Africa’s two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya must take testosterone-lowering drugs to compete in her signature event.
March 14, 2020
Caster Semenya back on track to compete at Tokyo Olympics in 200m
The two-time 800m gold medalist announced a change in events that she hopes will allow her to compete again.
December 26, 2019
Outsports Asshole of the Year: The IAAF
There were so many choices, but the International Association of Athletic Federations — now rebranding itself as World Athletics — went out of its way to be awful in 2019.
December 26, 2019
Outsports Female Heroes of the Year: Caster Semenya and JayCee Cooper
It’s a tie! Caster Semenya and JayCee Cooper faced adversity in their respective sports in 2019, but never quit pursuing their dreams.
November 21, 2019
Caster Semenya as we’ve never seen — or heard — her before
Dominant and maligned, the South African Olympic champion tells her personal story in a new video on YouTube.
October 15, 2019
IAAF imposes new testosterone limits for trans women athletes and won’t call them female
Trans women athletes will no longer be recognized as female by the IAAF and must keep testosterone levels under 5 nmol/L for 12 months prior to competing.
September 10, 2019
Caster Semenya has started training for a soccer career
Olympian track champion Caster Semenya has started training with a soccer club in South Africa.
August 15, 2019
Caster Semenya: ‘I’ve never really felt very supported’ by women
"Whoever’s going to stop me from running," Semenya told a women’s conference in Johannesburg, "he’s going to have to drag me out of the track."
July 30, 2019
Reversed: Swiss court blocks Caster Semenya from defending 800m title
Switzerland’s Supreme Court reinstated the IAAF’s discriminatory hormone policy, blocking Caster Semenya from competing.
June 22, 2019
30 LGBTQ athletes who showed ‘Stonewall Spirit’: Caster Semenya
South African Olympian Caster Semenya is a shining example of what the Stonewall pioneers fought for: equality.
June 19, 2019
IAAF called Caster Semenya biologically male
Court documents reveal the IAAF referred to the two-time Olympic champion as one of a number of "biologically male athletes with female gender identities."
June 17, 2019
LGBTQ athletes star in new Pride-themed ‘Be True’ video for Nike
Trans athlete Chris Mosier joins Sue Bird, Brittney Griner and others in Nike’s new Pride-themed ‘Be True’ video.
June 3, 2019
Caster Semenya can compete without medical intervention
Switzerland’s Supreme Court suspended the IAAF rule that forces women like Caster Semenya of South Africa to suppress their testosterone in order to compete.
May 30, 2019
Caster Semenya appeals discriminatory rule: ‘The IAAF will not drug me’
South African Caster Semenya appealed IAAF rules that effectively ban her from the event where twice she won Olympic gold.
May 21, 2019
Runner Nick Symmonds’s support for LGBTQ equality only goes so far
Olympian Nick Symmonds weighed in on the Caster Semenya case and basically threw intersex athletes under the bus.
May 8, 2019
‘Hell no:’ Caster Semenya won’t take suppressants, will fight rule now in effect
"No man can stop me from running," says South African Olympian Caster Semenya after winning another 800m and vowing to appeal to compete naturally
May 1, 2019
Court’s ruling tells us women’s sports are no longer for all women
The fear of some athletes’ success in women’s sports continues to plague intersex and trans athletes.
May 1, 2019
Caster Semenya loses appeal to compete like every woman
An international arbitration court ruled testosterone suppression was "discrimination" against South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya, but that it was "necessary"
April 30, 2019
Caster Semenya decision expected Wednesday
South African double 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya will learn the decision of the Court for Arbitration for Sport Wednesday morning
March 19, 2019
British sports legends petition IOC to study ‘fairness’ of including transgender athletes
Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliffe and Sharron Davies are asking the International Olympic Committee for more research on the "residual benefits" of being a trans athlete
February 25, 2019
Nike calls out gender stereotypes with powerful new ad
Serena Williams narrates the "Dream Crazier" ad featuring Caster Semenya and other women
February 21, 2019
Outpouring of love for Caster Semenya (as well as hate)
#HandsOffCaster petition draws 15,000 names
February 17, 2019
Caster Semenya is ‘unquestionably a woman,’ yet she’s not competing as one
The IAAF and the South African middle distance runner are headed to court because of her dominant performance.