Sunday, April 29, 2018

IAAF New Rules On Female Athlete Testosterone Level


Caster Semenya crosses the finish line to win gold in the women’s 1,500m race at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Athletics world governing body, the IAAF, has been accused of “blatant racism” by South Africa’s African National Congress over its new regulations on testosterone levels.
On Thursday the IAAF introduced the regulations aimed at athletes with differences of sex development. The rules limit the testosterone levels of female athletes competing over distances between 400 metres and a mile.
The rules will have an impact on Semenya, South Africa’s world and Olympic 800m champion, who now has to take medication to lower her testosterone levels to keep competing at that distance. The South African minister of sport, Tokozile Xasa, described them as “Caster Semenya Regulations as they are designed to disadvantage Caster in her career”.
The ANC spokesman Pule Mabe also compared the new IAAF regulations to government policies in apartheid South Africa.

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