(SOUNDBITE) (English) OLYMPIC AND WORLD 800-METRE CHAMPION, CASTER SEMEYA SAYING: "I still consider myself as a 800-metre runner.
When you talk about the one you asked about other women supporting me or anyhow, I think it comes more into the international stage where you see your own rivals, they come with this, what can I call it, these rude responses in terms of me competing against them which for me is not a big deal because what I know is that we are all athletes and we should be supporting each other whether you're losing or not." STORY: Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who has been locked in a battle over her testosterone levels with athletics authorities, said on Wednesday (August 14) that she has not felt supported by other women in sport.
The South African athlete will not be able to defend her 800-metres title at the world championships in September after the Swiss Federal Tribunal reversed a ruling that temporarily lifted testosterone regulations imposed on her.
Semenya was at a women's conference in Johannesburg where she was the headline speaker.
She is appealing the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) ruling that supported regulations introduced by the sport's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
These say that XY chromosome athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs) can race in distances from 400m to a mile only if they take medication to reach a reduced testosterone level.
Despite the IAAF receiving support from some current and former athletes, the decision to reduce testosterone levels in women's athletics has also attracted criticism from human rights organisations.
The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in support of Semenya in March.
Semenya, who was greeted by cheers at the conference, said she still saw herself as a middle distance runner.
The 28-year-old said she was undecided about whether she would switch to longer distances or pursue a career in another sport.
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