Caster Semanya, two-time Olympic champion at 800 meters from South Africa will have to take drugs to suppress her testosterone level if she wants to compete. She lost her appeal against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in female runners.
The court of arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland has ruled that women with very high testosterone levels can’t compete against other women from 400 meters to one mile except they take drugs to suppress production of hormone. The court stated that the proposed rules from the International Athletics Federation, are discriminatory “but such discrimination is necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of preserving the integrity of female athletics”. ” No athlete will be forced to undergo any assessment and/or treatment under these regulations, It is each athlete’s responsibility, in close consultation with her medical team, to decide whether or not to proceed with any assessment and/or treatment.”
The IAAF stated that unusually high, naturally occuring levels of testosterone in athletes such as Semenya with intersex conditions that don’t conform to standard definitions of male and female give them an u fair advantage and it decreed a maximum for females.
“I know that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically” Semenya said in a statement released by her lawyers. ” For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger. The decision of the CAS will not hold me back. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world”
What’s your opinion on the whole situation? Do you think Semanya is right for not wanting to take drugs to reduce her level of testosterone?
By: Dammy Eneli