Over 10 000 sign #HandsOffCaster petition

2019-02-21 09:54
Caster Semenya (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Over 10 000 people have signed an online petition in support of South African runner Caster Semenya.

Semenya is currently sitting before the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS) in Switzerland where she is appealing a ruling from the IAAF that would force her to lower her natural levels of testosterone if she wants to keep a competing. 

A two-time Olympic champion, Semenya has received support from all over the world on social media. 

The petition, which can be found on the website, is growing all the time but by Thursday morning it was up to 10 700.

On Tuesday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa added his voice to the conversation. 

"Mokgadi. Champion. Beacon of hope. My daughter. This is only to remind you of your greatness; because you constantly remind us that nothing beats the enduring power of the human spirit," he tweeted.

"You may run alone on the track, but know now that you run with 57 million & more."

Read more on:    iaaf  |  asa  |  caster semenya  |  athletics


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.