The IAAF has announced stringent regulations that could prevent Olympic 800-metre champion Caster Semenya from competing in athletics.
The world athletics governing body’s regulations will come into effect on November 1. The IAAF has issued the much awaited regulations for female athletes with differences in sex development and they could have a huge impact on Semenya.
The new rules restrict the blood testosterone levels for female athletes, but only those running distances between 400 and 1 500 metres, which are all Semenya’s specialties. Sascoc president Gideon Sam says they will seek expert advice from their medical commission before moving forward.
“He talks about hesitating to go against their mother body , and that they must study the documents before deciding a move forward on the issue.” Sam says.
Many South Africans have rallied behind Semenya and are giving her support during the IAAF’s regulation considerations, which will directly impact Semenya and her races.
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The IAAF is to publish new rules compelling women athletes to lower heightened levels of testosterone or not be allowed to compete, particularly for those events where gold medalist #CasterSemenya excels. Your thoughts?
— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) April 26, 2018