- Reports emerged that the IAAF has now pushed for Caster Semenya to be classified as a biological male and to take testosterone suppressants
- The IAAF has clarified its position and insisted that DSD (differences of sexual development) athletes should only be allowed to compete if they reduce their testosterone levels to those of females
- Semenya is poised to fight the IAAF’s new eligibility rules
Olympic women's 800m champion, Caster Semenya, faced a gender-related debacle in the past and came out victorious.
The South African sports icon now braces herself for a fresh wave of inquiries as the issue of her gender and hormone levels has now resurfaced.
Reports initially emerged claiming that the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) has taken a controversial stance in pushing for Semenya to be classified as a “biological male” and that she’ll be forced to take testosterone suppressants in order to compete in future events.
The athletics governing body has hit back and clarified its stance on the matter.
ENCA reported that the IAAF is not classifying any athlete as male but that athletes with “differences of sexual development" (DSD) have an unfair advantage due to increased testosterone levels.
As a result, they have pushed for DSD athletes to take testosterone suppressants to reduce the level of testosterone to those of other females.
The IAAF's statement explained that DSD athletes who have testes and higher levels of testosterone, benefit from increases in haemoglobin, muscle and bone size.
Their argument is that their advantage gained is similar to that of a male competing in a female event.
Briefly.co.za understands that Semenya and Athletics South Africa are poised to challenge the updated eligibility rules.
Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and Kenya's Margaret Wambui won silver and bronze medals at the Rio Olympics and their testosterone levels have also been questioned.
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