Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Testosterone Rules, 1st Ld-Writethru,432

New rule on hyperandrogenism to affect South African star Caster Semenya: report Caster Semenya faces new classification after IAAF ruling
Edmund Robinson | 27 April, 2018, 00:57

Asked by a journalist whether she would comply with the regulations set to be announced on Thursday, Semenya said she's more concerned with keeping in shape in order to compete.

These new rules were agreed in March and would come into effect from November 1, 2018.

But Caster is not letting any of that get her down.

"I am 97 per cent sure you don't like me but I'm 100 per cent sure I don't care".

Many of the Caster's fans have also stepped up to defend the star, demanding that she be left alone.

Athletics authorities have struggled to find a solution to the issue that respected the rights of Semenya while also providing what they say is a "level playing field".




The regulations represent an attempt by the IAAF to reinstate rules governing female athletes with elevated testosterone levels, which were suspended in 2015 by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, a rough equivalent of the Supreme Court for global sports.

On her Twitter account on Wednesday (Thursday NZT), Semenya did not comment but posted an image of the statement: "How lovely it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged".

"There is a performance advantage in female athletes with DSD (Differences of Sexual Development) over the track distances covered by this rule", Dr. Stephane Bermon, who works in the IAAF medical and science department, said in the statement. "We want to state very clearly that we support all our athletes who may be affected by this new ruling", they added.

The New Zealand Herald reports that the IAAF decision is expected to force Semenya either to take medication to reduce her naturally occurring testosterone levels or move to longer-distance events. "We have to see what happens of the case at the CAS", her coach N. Ramesh said, from Hyderabad, where she is now training.

Although opinions on these regulations in relation to Semenya vary, many South Africans and observers of the IAAF on Twitter believe this is a ploy to bring her down. All contact will be treated in confidence and if additional support is required the athlete, or her representative, may agree on the appointment of an independent ombudsman to assist the athlete in understanding and addressing the requirements of the Regulations.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) says it will study newly introduced rules by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) for female runners.

. These athletes, who have higher levels of testosterone, are less than 10 per cent of all the athletes. The rules were developed to combat the "unfair advantage" that women have if their bodies produce higher than normal levels of testosterone.

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