- The controversial new ruling by the IAAF that may force Caster Semenya into retirement has rocked another African country
- Kenya was forced to withdraw 2 of their runners from the IAAF World Relays championship in Japan
- The new ruling forces athletes with differences in sexual development (DSD) to take testosterone suppressants
Mzansi was up in arms following the IAAF’s new ruling, which controversially forces athletes with DSD to take testosterone suppressants.
Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, has appealed the new ruling, but her legal battle was in vain.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on this and the speculation that it could force Semenya into early retirement.
Now, it seems another African country has been hit hard as Kenya was forced to withdraw two of their elite runners from the IAAF World Relays championship in Japan.
Kenya’s hand was forced and they excluded 100m and 200m champion, Maximilla Imali, as well as their 400m runner, Evangeline Makena.
SowetanLIVE reported that Athletics Kenya’s Paul Mutwii stated that Kenya could not take the risk of including the two ladies as their blood tests revealed high levels of testosterone.
Briefly.co.za understands that Imali is no stranger to controversy as she was previously withdrawn from the world championships in 2015 after her hyperandrogenism was revealed.
A bullish Imali said, “This is a scheme to demoralise us. I am not ready to quit athletics, nor to take a suppressant treatment. I am so happy the way God made me to be.”
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