CAPE TOWN – Another massive outcry is expected in the sporting world as South Africa’s golden girl Caster Semenya will have to take medication to reduce her testosterone levels if she hopes to continue running in events from the 400m to the mile.
This comes after the IAAF announced on Thursday that it has changed eligibility regulations for female classification for the 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m, 1 500m and the mile.
The IAAF said in a statement that the new rules require athletes who have a “Difference of Sexual Development (DSD)” and who are androgen-sensitive must meet certain criteria to compete in the above events:
- (a) she must be recognised at law either as female or as intersex (or equivalent);
- (b) she must reduce her blood testosterone level to below five (5) nmol/L for a continuous period of at least six months (e.g., by use of hormonal contraceptives); and
- (c) thereafter she must maintain her blood testosterone level below five (5) nmol/L continuously (i.e. whether she is in competition or out of competition) for so long as she wishes to remain eligible.