Caster Semenya receives backing of Commission for Gender Equality against IAAF regulation

Caster Semenya receives backing of Commission for Gender Equality against IAAF regulation

- The Commission for Gender Equality has expressed its dismay at an IAAF regulation which will force female athletes to maintain their testosterone levels below a certain level

- The IAAF regulation has been slammed in South Africa as being squarely aimed at hampering Caster Semenya

- The Commission said the IAAF regulation is discriminatory to athletes such as Semenya

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The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has expressed its dismay and alarm at a new International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulation which will force female athletes to keep their testosterone levels below a certain level.

The IAAF has once again amended its policy with regards to female testosterone levels and from November this year female athletes will be required to keep their testosterone levels below five nanomoles per litre for at least six months.

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The regulation has been slammed in South Africa as being squarely aimed at hampering Caster Semenya, who is well-known to produce more testosterone than the regulation allows.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the CGE said the IAAF regulation is discriminatory to athletes such as Semenya who naturally produce more testosterone than others.

In order to comply with the regulated and allowed level of testosterone Semenya and others who fall into the category would have to take medication to artificially reduce their testosterone levels.

Sport24.com reported that the CGE has called on UN Women, Athletics South Africa, the government and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee to support Semenya and oppose the IAAF ruling.

The CGE said it would be unthinkable to subject female athletes who produce more testosterone than the regulation allowed to drugs and treatments to artificially lower their natural levels. The CGE said this would contravene several international conventions and protocols which were enacted to protect female athletes from unfair or unjust treatment.

The GCE confirmed it would be fully supporting Semenya’s legal challenge against the regulation. The South African athlete launched a legal bid to challenge the validity of the regulation with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.

The court has opened an investigation into the matter after receiving Semenya’s legal challenge.

Semenya has requested that CAS declare the regulation unlawful and asked the court to prevent it from being implemented.

The IAAF said it was ready to defend its new regulation.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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