Semenya spells out risks of controversial IAAF gender rules

IAAF gender rules ‘killing’ next generation of female athletes – Caster Semenya

South African track star, Caster Semenya has spelt out the numerous risks of the controversial gender rules of the IAAF.

She said only recently that the controversial new rules on female testosterone levels have a lot of risks for athletics.

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Semenya categorically pointed out very clearly that such rules risked “killing” the passion of the next generation of female athletes.

Meanwhile, the new IAAF rules on female athletes’ testosterone levels were in line to have kicked off last week Thursday.

But they suffered postponement for five months to avoid more delaying proceedings Semenya decided to bring by challenging their legality.

“This is not about me as I have achieved everything I want in life, world champion, Commonwealth champion, African champion.”

She said when reporters asked why she chose to fight the rules at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“If I let this thing go on, what about the next generation? It is killing them.

“What about those young girls who want to run and are maybe in the same situation as mine?

“Someone has to do something because enough is enough, it has been a long time I let these people command.”

“I am a talented athlete what I wanted to do was just piss them off a bit,” she went on.

“Therefore, I wanted to show them that what they are doing does not make sense.

“And that is simply due to the fact that once you start classifying women, it then becomes a serious problem.

“When it comes to situations like this, athletes are afraid because we think about what we have got to lose.” She concluded.

Semenya likely to miss most of year 2019

Two-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion, Caster Semenya is likely to miss most of the year 2019, reports say.

The South African citizen’s battle to stop a rule change affecting female athletes with high testosterone levels could affect her.

And as it is at this very point, this could see her miss “the most” of the 2019 outdoor season.

Semenya on her own part has, however, kicked against introduction of new IAAF rules on testosterone levels in female athletes.

That was when she turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in her challenge of IAAF rules.

And that was on testosterone levels in female athletes to have its introduction sometimes in the month of November, 2018.

Under the new regulations, “hyper-androgynous”, athletes like Semenya would have to chemically lower their testosterone levels.

That is for them to be able to compete and that is something which the 800m runner says is discriminatory.

And she has also insisted that it is in violation of the IAAF’s constitution and the Olympic Charter.

The ruling body planned to kick-start the new rules on 1 November but has put that back to 26 March, 2019.

It still has the intention of waiting for the outcome of a legal challenge from Semenya first to go through.

The new rules are set to come into effect so as to restrict the levels of testosterone in female runners.

So, the delay implies female athletes with high testosterone like Semenya won’t run for six months from when the rules start.

That would take them to 26 September, that is a day before the 2019 World Athletics Championships begin in Doha.

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