Caster Semenya loses court case, must reduce testosterone to compete henceforth

Caster Semenya loses court case, must reduce testosterone to compete henceforth

- Caster Semenya has lost an appeal against IAAF and must now use medications to compete

- Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed Caster Semenya’s appeal against regulations to limit naturally-occurring testosterone levels in athletes

South African middle-distance runner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya has been ordered by the Court of Arbitration for Sports to take medications before competing in any event.

This comes after the 28-year-old Olympic gold medalist challenged a controversial International Association of Athletics Federations rule targeting women who naturally produce high levels of testosterone.

The Court of Arbitration for Sports however ruled on Wednesday, May 1, that Semenya will have to take medications that suppress her testosterone output to continue competing.

Semenya is believed to have an intersex condition that causes her body to naturally produce testosterone at levels much higher than most women.

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But the Court OF Arbitration for Sports agreed that the IAAF rules against Caster Semenya are discriminatory in nature.

"I know that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically,” Semenya said in a statement Wednesday.

“For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger. The decision of the CAS will not hold me back.

''I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world,'' Semenya explained according to CNN.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how former 100, 200 and 4x100 meters champion Usain Bolt was summoned for drug test by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

The 32-year-old retired from the track to chart a new course for himself playing football - a dream he has nursed for a long time.

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