IAAF’s new ruling is forcing Semenya to lower her testosterone levels or quit

IAAF’s new ruling is forcing Semenya to lower her testosterone levels or quit

Caster Semenya may have to face lowering her testosterone levels, again.

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South Africa’s track queen will not be allowed to compete in the 800m and 1 500m events if she does not comply.

In a report by the Daily Mail, the IAAF will make their announcement of their new rules on Thursday for athletes with hyperandrogenism.

Semenya will have to take medication on the daily to lower her testosterone levels, once the changes come into effect.

If Semenya does not comply, she will only be allowed to compete in long distance or will have to quite the sport all together.

The rule changes will be enforced into the 400. And 1 mile distances. It is said that the rules will be in full effect by November.

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After Semenya smashed the 2009 IAAF World Championships, the IAAF introduced a similar rule in 2011 which impacted her pace tremendously.

The IAAF approved a proposal last month which limits female athlete’s natural testosterone levels, so the announcement on Thursday is not much of a surprise.

The Court for Arbitration of Sport's (CAS) made a decision in 2015 to suspend regulations on hyperandrogenism in women's athletics, which the IAAF is now disregarding by making this ruling.

The CAS’s decision in 2015 worked in Semenya’s favour, but as they are not a regulatory body for world athletes, it will n0ot help her this time.

Semenya's dominance was on show for all to see at the recently-completed Commonwealth Games in Australia, Semenya recently won gold in both the 800m and 1 500m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. She is a double 800m Olympic gold medallist, which makes her a huge threat.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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