Social media jumps to defend Caster Semenya with #HandsOffCaster campaign

Social media jumps to defend Caster Semenya with #HandsOffCaster campaign

- The IAAF has announced new regulations which means female athletes with high testosterone levels have to take medication or undergo surgery to reduce these levels

- The ruling only applies to certain events and on face value is designed to end Caster Semenya’s career

- South African social media users have jumped to defend Caster and started the #HandsOffCaster campaign

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On Thursday, the world athletics governing body, the IAAF, announced new regulations which means female athletes with high levels of testosterone have to either take medication or undergo surgery to reduce these levels.

The new regulation only applies to certain events and on face value, this regulation looks as if it was designed to end the career of Caster Semenya.

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Sports scientists have weighed in on the new regulation and pointed out that the events which the IAAF have decided to target for this regulation, namely the 400m and 1500m, have shown no advantage being gained by higher testosterone levels.

Briefly.co.za gathered that social media users have rallied behind Caster and started the #HandsOffCaster campaign.

The ANC has slammed the new regulation as blatantly racists, grossly unfair and unjust.

Semenya herself took to Twitter and showed her indifference towards the IAAF.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has responded to the IAAF's regulations, saying the process started long ago.

In a statement, ASA said: "As a federation, we will study the new regulations and compare them with the CAS recommendations to see if they are compatible and in line."

"The ANC has always understood sport as a unifier and a tool to bring people and nations together. It is for this reason and many that the ANC cannot ignore the attempt by the IAAF to discriminate and exclude athletes. These new regulations infringe on the Human Rights of athletes, targeting mainly those in East Europe, Asia, and the African continent. The racial undertones of this cannot go unnoticed," it said in a statement.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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