ASA pledge support to Semenya in wake of IAAF rule

Caster Semenya

For all global times and record purposes however the new regulations will apply.

In a press statement, ASA recognised that the female classification process started years ago, up to the point that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) became involved, but stated that they would consult experts on the new ruling.

Dr Stephane Bermon, from the IAAF's medical and science department, stressed that "no athlete will be forced to undergo surgery" under the new rules, which come into force in November.

DSD athletes should scale back their blood testosterone stage to beneath 5nmol/L for a steady interval of not less than six months and should preserve these ranges repeatedly for the remainder of their athletic profession. It is our sport and it is up to us to decide the rules.

Semenya, a two-time Olympic 800-meter champion who competes in the 800m and 1500m races, was previously cleared to compete in all events.

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The new DSDs rule also replaces the IAAF's previous regulations governing eligibility of females with hyperandrogenism. Though the results of her gender test were never officially published, leaked results led to claims that the athlete has intersex traits and testosterone levels three times higher than in most women due to hyperandrogenism. According to the organization's press release, most women's naturally occurring testosterone level is 0.12 to 1.79 nmol/L, while the typical male range is 7.7 to 29.4 nmol/L.

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The judges ruled that the IAAF had not produced sufficient evidence to prove that high testosterone could enhance athletes' performance, giving the body two years to prove its case.

Testosterone is responsible for male characteristics so using testosterone blockers would certainly reduce male characteristics and emphasise the female characteristics.

He added: "The revised rules are not about cheating, no athlete with a DSD has cheated".

Female athletes can lower their testosterone levels by undergoing hormone therapy.

The introduction of the DSD criteria is thought to be based on the conclusions of two IAAF-commissioned research reports that found that female athletes with elevated testosterone levels enjoyed a major advantage over their rivals.

"We want athletes to have the incentive 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 Coe. "In particular, surgical anatomical changes are not required in any circumstances".

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