LATEST- Caster Semenya to challenge IAAF new gender rules as discriminatory

JOHANNESBURG- Gold medalist and South Africa’s Olympic start Caster Semenya is set to legally challenge  IAAF’s gender rules as discriminatory.

In a released press statements she said, ” “I am very upset that I have been pushed into the public spotlight again,”

“ I don’t like talking about this new rule. I just want to run naturally, the way I was born. It is not fair that I am told I must change. It is not fair that people question who I am. I am Mokgadi Caster Semenya. I am a woman and I am fast.”

The new rule states that female athletes with natural high testosterone levels in the 400m, hurdles, 800m, 1500m and combined events must take medication to lower them.  This restriction means female athletes like Semenya would have to alter their body by medical means if she wished to compete at international events.

Semenya’s legal team said they will ask CAS to declare the new rules as discriminatory. She will also ask teh IAAF to suspend the new rules until the results of her case are known.

Photo Credit- AFP

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