Trevor Noah slams IAAF's testosterone ruling on Caster Semenya

Trevor Noah slams IAAF's testosterone ruling on Caster Semenya

South African comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah has thrown his weight behind female athlete Caster Semenya.

He told his audience that most top athletes had natural genetic advantages that set them apart from the rest and that could not be regarded as unfair.

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Noah questioned how the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), could possibly justify forcing a woman to chemically alter her natural hormones because she was too good.

"It's not like she's doping. She's did not change her body in any way to gain an advantage. She just has a natural advantage, which is what happens in all sport," Trevor said on the show.

He compared the South African athlete to retired American swimmer Michael Phelps, who is the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals.

"Michael Phelps has a body that produces half as much lactic acid as most people which gives him longer endurance."

"They didn't say you got to change yourself Michael Phelps. You got to get tired before the race," he said.

Noah, relentless on pointing out how unfair the ruling was, also compared Semenya to retired NBA superstar Shaquille O'neal, who he felt should have been disqualified purely because of his insane height.

"Shaq is so tall he can put a ball in a hoop without jumping. How is that fair, huh?" the comedian queried.

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Meanwhile, had reported that South African middle-distance runner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya was ordered by the Court of Arbitration for Sports to take medications before competing in any event.

This came after the 28-year-old Olympic gold medalist challenged a controversial International Association of Athletics Federations rule targeting women who naturally produced high levels of testosterone. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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