'There are no two ways about it, we will appeal this Caster judgment'

South African athlete Caster Semenya's challenge against the International Association of Athletics Federations rules forcing her to lower her testosterone levels to compete with women has been rejected.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport issued its ruling on Wednesday.

Read: Caster Semenya loses court challenge against IAAF testosterone rules

Speaking to Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show, EWN reporter Carl Lewis says the ruling is damaging for Semenya's career.

The ruling means she will have to take testosterone suppressants and this might slow down her time in the 800m by seven seconds, so this is huge.

Carl Lewis, Reporter - EWN

He adds that Semenya cannot appeal the Court of Arbitration for Sport as the body has the final say on sporting matters.

Sports and recreation ministry spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga weighs in on the conversation. He says the ministry is shocked at the judgement.

We believe that we did everything in our power to make sure that the judge favours us together with Semenya, but we will study the judgment and appeal.

Vuyo Mhaga, Spokesperson - Sports and recreation ministry

We have been given a window of 30 days, and South Africans can rest assured that we will not just let this go - this ruling violates human rights and in this case the rights of Semenya.

Vuyo Mhaga, Spokesperson - Sports and recreation ministry

There are no two ways about it, we will appeal this judgment.

Vuyo Mhaga, Spokesperson - Sports and recreation ministry

Listen below to Lewis's report:

Listen below to the sports ministry's reaction:

Listen below to Dr Ross Tucker reaction to the judgment:

Listen below to reaction by Sports journalist Manfred Seidler and Dr Phatokuhle Zondi:


This article first appeared on 702 : 'There are no two ways about it, we will appeal this Caster judgment'


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