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‘I’ve never felt recognised by women’: Semenya on rivals’ ‘rude responses’

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Johannesburg: Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who has been locked in a battle over her testosterone levels with athletics authorities, says she has not felt supported by other women in sport.

The South African athlete will not be able to defend her 800m title at the world championships in September after the Swiss Federal Tribunal reversed a ruling that temporarily lifted testosterone regulations imposed on her.

Caster Semenya says her rivals have not shown her any support.

Caster Semenya says her rivals have not shown her any support.Credit:AP

"Since I have been in sport I have never really felt very supported, I've never felt recognised mostly by women," said Semenya during a women's conference in Johannesburg where she was the headline speaker.

Semenya is appealing the Court of Arbitration for Sport's ruling that supported regulations introduced by the sport's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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These say that XY chromosome athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs) can race in distances from 400-1600m only if they take medication to reach a reduced testosterone level.

Despite the IAAF receiving support from some current and former athletes, the decision to reduce testosterone levels in women's athletics has also attracted criticism from human rights organisations.

The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in support of Semenya in March.

"I think it comes more into the international stage when you see your own rivals come with this … what can I call it … these rude responses in terms of me competing against them," said Semenya.

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