“Caster Semenya is a national treasure and someone all South Africans should be immensely proud of, and we fully support her in this fight, which we see as discriminatory to women,” said Alexander.
“We firmly believe that she is being unfairly targeted in this hearing, as it excludes participants in items such as sprints and longer distances.
“Caster is a double-Olympic gold medallist and a three-time world champion and she won these titles, as well as all her other accolades, through sheer determination, hard work and talent.
“Adversity is nothing new to her and every time, she deservedly made it to the top. Caster is someone who motivates us as South Africans to stand up against discrimination and to always remain humble and work hard. We are 100 per cent behind her.”
Athletics South Africa has already pledged its “unqualified support” for Semenya and she has also received support from Cricket South Africa, which said it stood behind the “national icon” and denounced the IAAF regulations as “an act of discrimination” against women in sport.
Last year the IAAF announced the decision to introduce the controversial policy that states that female athletes with higher than permitted levels of testosterone will have to take medication to lower those levels.
It was supposed to have been implemented from 1 November last year, but was postponed pending the outcome of this week’s hearing proceedings.
The ruling, which applies to track distances between 400m and one mile, directly impacts Semenya, who will now have to keep her testosterone levels controlled by medication due to her hyperandrogenism.
– News24 Wire