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The World Athletics Governing Body are set to make a ruling public on Thursday 26 April, on whether female athletes with hyperandrogenism, who compete in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and the mile- will be required to take medication to lower the higher than normal natural occurring level of testosterone.

It is reported that athletes who refuse to do so would be barred from running those middle distance, and someone like Semenya would have to move-up to 5000m and 10 000m.

The 27-year-old Semenya is considering taking on longer distances such as the 5000m and 10 000, due to expected change in IAAF rules.

Updates to the story…..

The new regulations, unanimously agreed by the IAAF, will cover events from 400m to the mile and come into effect from November 1, 2018.

The new regulations require any athlete who has a Difference of Sexual Development (DSD) that means her levels of circulating testosterone (in serum) are five (5) nmol/L or above and who is androgen-sensitive to meet the following criteria to be eligible to compete in restricted events in an international competition (or set a world record in a restricted event at competition that is not an international competition):

(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 (ie: whether she is in competition or out of competition) for so long as she wishes to remain eligible.

These new regulations, approved by the IAAF council in March, will come into effect from November 1, 2018 and replace the previous Regulations Governing Eligibility of Females with Hyperandrogenism to Compete in Women’s Competition, which no longer apply anywhere in the sport.

“We want athletes to be incentivised to make the huge commitment and sacrifice required to excel in the sport, and to inspire new generations to join the sport and aspire to the same excellence,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe .

By: Monti Montsha

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