Caster Semenya to be forced to take testosterone-lowering medication

South Africa's Caster Semenya runs to win the Women's 800m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro

South Africans from all walks of life, including former sprint champion Geraldine Pillay-Viret, have rallied behind Caster Semenya ahead of an IAAF ruling expected on Thursday with regards to hyperandrogenism. The rules, according to a report by the Daily MailDaily Mail, will force Semenya to either take medication to reduce her naturally occurring testosterone levels or move to longer-distance events.

This ruling comes after Semenya's stellar campaign at the 2018 Commonwealth Games - she broke two records in one race, taking gold in the Women's 800m in a time of 1:56.68 - a Commonwealth Games record.

If she doesn't, she will be forced to compete in longer distances - or, effectively, quit the sport.

A similar rule on hyperandrogenism was introduced by the IAAF in 2011 but in July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended the regulations after an appeal by the Indian government on behalf of their sprinter, Dutee Chand, the Mail reported.


Semenya was also subjected to gender verification testing after she won 800m gold at the 2009 world championships.

It said the new rules will apply to any distance from 400m to the mile‚ meaning Semenya could switch to the 5‚000m and 10‚000m if she refuses to take medication, which can be used on a daily basis in tablet form.

While that decision was a major win for Semenya, it is not likely to count for anything moving forward given that the CAS is not a regulatory authority for world athletics.

She is also a double 800m Olympic gold medallist.

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