Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya says she will not take medication to lower testosterone levels to comply with new rules for the 800 metres.
The South African was speaking after winning the 800 metres at the opening Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha.
Her victory came two days after she lost her appeal against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s panel of three judges gave a complex verdict and “dismissed both requests for arbitration” from Semenya and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Under the new IAAF rules, Semenya – and other athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) who run in track events further than 400m – must take medication in order to compete.
Asked if she would take testosterone limiting medication, Semenya told reporters: “Hell no.”
“I’m never going anywhere,” she added when asked if she might quit the sport. “At the end of the day, its all about believing.
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