World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is opposing the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) proposed regulation to reduce testosterone levels in certain female athletes.
In essence the IAAF’s proposed regulations would cap testosterone levels for female athletes competing internationally in middle distance events.
Caster Semenya burst onto the athletics scene about 10 years ago and was the world 800m champion at the age of 18.
The IAAF ran test on Caster Semenya and the reports stated that the tests found that she had three times the amount of testosterone that to a “normal” female would have. There were even reports that the IAAF have also not ruled out stripping Caster Semenya of her gold medal that she won in Berlin.
Fast forward to 2019 Caster Semenya wasn’t stripped of any medals and continued to compete very successfully in athletics.
The IAAF said in a statement “The IAAF is not classifying any DSD athlete as male. To the contrary‚ we accept their legal sex without question‚ and permit them to compete in the female category.”
“However if a DSD athlete has testes and male levels of testosterone‚ they get the same increases in bone and muscle size and strength and increases in haemoglobin that a male gets when they go through puberty‚ which is what gives men such a performance advantage over women.”
“Therefore‚ to preserve fair competition in the female category‚ it is necessary to require DSD athletes to reduce their testosterone down to female levels before they compete at international level.”
This isn’t the first time that the IAAF has proposed similar regulations as they did this in 2015 to Indian sprinter Dutee Chand.
Dutee Chand was successful in her fight against the IAAF which saw the Court of Arbitration for Sport set aside laws because they were deemed discriminatory and lacking evidence.
Dutee Chand speaking in India said she feels positive the IAAF ruling will change in Caster Semenya’s favour.