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Mokgadi Caster Semenya Bio, Wiki, Loses case requiring hyperandrogenism athletes to lower their testosterone levels

Caster Semenya loses case requiring hyperandrogenism athletes to take medication to lower their testosterone levels

Mokgadi Caster Semenya Bio, Wiki

Mokgadi Caster Semenya ,born 7 January 1991, is a South African middle-distance runner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist.Following her victory at the 2009 World Championships, it was announced that she had been subjected to gender testing and  was withdrawn from international competition until 6 July 2010 when the IAAF cleared her to return to competition.In 2010, the British magazine New Statesman included Semenya in a list of “50 People That Matter 2010”.

IAAF announces rules that requiring hyperandrogenism athletes to take medication to lower their testosterone levels

In April 2018, the IAAF announced new rules that required hyperandrogenism athletes to take medication to lower their testosterone levels, effective beginning in November .Due to the narrow scope of the changes, which only apply to athletes competing in the 400m, 800m, and 1500m, many people thought the rule change was designed specifically to target Semenya.

The two-time Olympic 800-meter champion from South Africa was there looking to overturn eligibility rules for hyperandrogenic athletes proposed by track and field’s governing body. The IAAF wanted to require women with naturally elevated testosterone to lower their levels by medication before being allowed to compete in world-class races from 400 meters to one mile.

A scheduled five-day appeal case starting Monday 18th February  would be among the longest ever heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The verdict, expected on march would also be among the most ethically controversial in the sports court’s 35-year history. Victory would leave the defending champion favored to win a fourth 800 world title in Qatar ,however defeat in court would give Semenya options including leaving behind middle-distance events to focus on the 5,000, or start a six-month course of medication. That would mean skipping the entire Diamond League season to be eligible for the 800 at the world championships.

Mokgadi Caster Semenya losses Appeal

More than two months following the five day hearing at Lausanne Semenya has lost the appeal .Those in the events between the 400m and the mile-Semenya’s trade mark-must reduce their testosterone levels to be eligible to return to competition of the world championships which is in five months. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced its ruling today backing the IAAF,the sports international governing body . The court panel however suggested the IAAF consider removing the restriction for the 1500m and mile ” until  more evidence  available” of an advantage in those events.

Fifteen minutes after the news broke, Semenya’s social media accounts posted an image with the words ,”sometimes its better to react with no reaction.

 

 

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