IAAF implements new testosterone limits for female athletes

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Sport star Caster Semenya has fired back at haters with a Twitter post on Thursday letting everyone know exactly how she feels.

These new Regulations, approved by the IAAF Council in March, will come into effect from 1 November 2018 and replace the previous Regulations Governing Eligibility of Females with Hyperandrogenism to Compete in Women's Competition, which no longer apply anywhere in the sport.

But Caster is not letting any of that get her down.

"I'm 97% sure you don't like me, but I'm 100% sure I don't care", she said in one tweet, complete with a frowning emoji.

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has for years struggled to create a "level playing field" for female athletes while respecting Semenya's rights.

Under the regulations, female track athletes with naturally-higher testosterone levels will be required to lower the hormone levels in their blood for six months before being allowed to compete.

However, South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) blasted the regulations as unjust and racist and urged the Pretoria government to challenge them in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"We want athletes to be incentivised 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 IAAF president Sebastian Coe.

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On her Twitter account on Wednesday (Thursday NZT), Semenya did not comment but posted an image of the statement: "How attractive it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged".

"Athletics' governing body, the IAAF, will reportedly announce the creation of a new female classification to be known as Athletes with Differences of Sexual Development [DSDs], which includes those with hyperandrogenism, such as Semenya. We have to see what happens of the case at the CAS", her coach N. Ramesh said, from Hyderabad, where she is now training. "We want to state very clearly that we support all our athletes who may be affected by this new ruling".

I think the IAAF is setting a kind of standard in terms of how they differentiate between men and women and what is acceptable.

South African sports scientist Ross Tucker suspects a legal challenge may be mounted should the IAAF go ahead with their plans.

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In recent years, the topic of fairness in women's sports has been controversial when women with naturally-higher levels of testosterone have won medals at global championships including the 2016 Olympics. "It seems to be dreadfully unfair to pick on Caster this way", RSA.MommaCyndi, reacted an online article by South Africa's The Sowetan on the new rules.

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