Olympic runner Semenya loses appeal on testosterone rules

  • FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 file photo Caster Semenya, the current 800-meter Olympic gold and world champion from South Africa, and the latest recipient of the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award, listens during an interview, in New York. Caster Semenya lost her appeal Wednesday May 1, 2019 against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 file photo South Africa’s Caster Semenya celebrates winning the gold in the final of the Women’s 800m during the World Athletics Championships in London. Caster Semenya lost her appeal Wednesday May 1, 2019 against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

GENEVA — The sports world’s highest court ruled Wednesday that Olympic champion Caster Semenya and other female runners like her with unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events.

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