JOHANNESBURG– The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has adopted a new, much-awaited regulations for female athletes with differences in sex development and which will a huge impact on South Africa’s 800 metres Olympic champion Caster Semenya.
The new more stringent regulations could prevent Semenya from competing in athletics. The world athletics governing body’s new regulations will come into effect on Nov 1.
The new rules restrict the blood testosterone levels for female athletes, but only for those running distances between 400 and 1,500 metres, which are all Semenya’s specialties.
The President of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), Gideon Sam, said Thursday they would seek expert advice from their medical commission before moving forward.
Many South Africans have rallied behind Semenya and are giving her their support during the IAAF’s regulation considerations, which will directly impact Semenya and her athletics career.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK