New testosterone rules set to impact on Caster Semenya

  • New testosterone rules set to impact on Caster Semenya

New testosterone rules set to impact on Caster Semenya

The regulations are set to come into effect on November 1 to allow female athletes with DSDs a six-month "compliance" period‚ whereby they must undergo the testosterone reduction should they wish to avoid having to stand down from competition once the regulations come into effect‚ according to the Irish Times.

"In addition, the IAAF has gathered observational data about the difference in performance levels of DSD athletes, depending on whether or not their testosterone levels are suppressed". If Semenya doesn't reduce her testosterone levels by taking medication, she will be forced to switch to 5,000m and 10,000m.

Hyperandrogenism is a medical condition characterised by excessive levels of androgens ("male" sex hormones such as testosterone) in the female body.

A similar rule on hyperandrogenism was introduced by the IAAF in 2011 but in July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended the regulations after an appeal by the Indian government on behalf of their sprinter, Dutee Chand, the Mail reported.

If the rule passes, and Semenya does not take medication, she will even have to give up her 1500m racing career as the rule is implemented on distances between 400m and 1600m. The win also made her the first female athlete to win back-to-back golds in both the 1,500m and 800m. These were presented to CAS but it delayed a definitive decision.

"We were asked by CAS to provide evidence of the magnitude of the advantage, which we now have", he said.

If she doesn't, she will be forced to compete in longer distances - or, effectively, quit the sport.

The decision will likely provoke outcry from some corners of the athletics world, with Yale Professor Katrina Karkazis previously saying the approach was blinkered.

She is also a double 800m Olympic gold medallist. "So for me, this is more than a game", she said.