Semenya appears unimpressed with IAAF hyperandrogenism rule

Caster Semenya to take pills to reduce testosterone levels

Caster Semenya will be unable to defend her Olympic or world 800m titles unless she takes testosterone-lowering medication, under new rules due to be announced later this week.

IAAF would allow them to compete at worldwide level only if they took medication to reduce naturally occurring levels of testosterone.

"This is about our responsibility as a sport federation to ensure a level playing field. It does not want to risk discouraging those aspirations by having unfair competition conditions that deny athletes a fair opportunity to succeed".

However, the regulations‚ expected to be confirmed tomorrow‚ may end up in the Court of Arbitration for Sport‚ should an athlete challenge them.

It has also seen backlash spread across social media, with users calling the regulation "sexist".

These new rules will affect South Africa's double-Olympic champion, with the IAAF putting testosterone quotas on events from 400m to the mile - which include Semenya's preferred 800m and 1500m distances. What do the new rules say?

Literally Mario argued: "This has nothing to do with the colour of her skin, this is a debate on what to do with intersexed athletes, who have 3 times as much testosterone as normal women".

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Women with elevated testosterone must reduce their level for "six months (e.g., by use of hormonal contraceptives)" before being eligible to run, and maintain that lowered level.

But the new IAAF rules will apply to any distance from 400m to the mile, forcing Semenya to switch to the 5,000m and 10,000m if she refuses to take medication that can be used on a daily basis in tablet form. It is for us to decide the rules, to draw the lines for competition.

The global governing body points to their latest research which showed there is a performance advantage for females with higher testosterone over the track distances.

"Like many other sports‚ we choose to have two classifications for our competition - men's events and women's events".

'This means we need to be clear about competition criteria for those two categories. All contact will be treated in confidence and if additional support is required the athlete, or her representative, may agree on the appointment of an independent ombudsman to assist the athlete in understanding and addressing the requirements of the Regulations.

Since then virtually all of Semenya's performances have been followed by questions about her sexual and physical status, but she has long stopped answering them. No athlete will be forced to undergo surgery.

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