The Tokyo 2021 Olympics is scheduled to take place in July, however, it is still unclear whether or not South African gold medalist, Caster Semenya will be taking part in the event this year.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and Athletics South Africa stated during a briefing with the Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture that Caster’s participation in this year’s Olympics will be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights in March.
Athletics South Africa President, Mr Aleck Skosana stated that as a result of the appeal to be filed in March, Caster has not been included in South Africa’s provisional Olympic squad.
According to Chairperson of the committee, Ms Beauty Dlulane, Caster has their full support and noted that most countries would like to see Caster participating in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
Dlulane noted that her participation is presently being hindered by ‘rules and guidelines’.
“We are concerned that this has affected Caster’s preparation. This issue of rules, unjustly disadvantages Caster and denies her rights to participation and qualification, and the committee’s view is that those rules are unfair.”
“In a world that is still grappling with inclusiveness and human rights transgressions it is only fair that Ms Semenya be allowed to race in her favourite 800m distance.”
Athletics South Africa however stated that they have received support from Sweden and feel hopeful that Caster will win the appeal.