- The IAAF had its controversial new ruling upheld, enforcing DSD athletes, such as Caster Semenya, to take testosterone suppressants
- To add insult to injury, the IAAF has invited athletes such as Semenya to compete in male events should they opt not to take the medication
- This was in response to a letter from the World Medical Association, which states the new ruling would breach ethical codes
The battle between the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Caster Semenya is getting messier and turning into a slippery slope.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Caster Semenya could retire from athletics following the controversial new ruling by the IAAF.
Semenya and the South African government took on the athletics governing body in a legal battle, but the appeal was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
To add insult to injury, the IAAF has now come out to invite athletes with DSD (differences in sexual development), such as Semenya, to compete in men’s events should they opt not to take the proposed medication.
The IAAF’s statement offered scant consolation to such athletes as it stated that they would still be able to compete in male classification events without restriction.
Sport24 reported on the latest twist following a letter from the World Medical Association (WMA) to the IAAF, which stated that the new ruling would breach ethical codes.
Briefly.co.za noted that the WMA also feels the new rules are based on weak evidence and only on one study.
The defiant IAAF responded that the evidence was based on 15 years of study and cited the support of the CAS when the ruling was upheld.
For Semenya to continue participation at international level, she would either need to take the medication to compete in female events or be forced to compete into male competition should she opt not to take the suppressants.
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