IAAF Vows To Fight Swiss Court Testosterone Ruling Favoring Semenya

he IAAF rules in question requires women with higher than normal male hormone levels, a condition known as hyperandrogenism, to lower the amount of testosterone in their bodies artificially if they are to compete in races over distances of 400m to the mile. 

IAAF Vows To Fight Swiss Court Testosterone Ruling Favoring Semenya - Surge Zirc SA
Athletics governing body the IAAF is fight a Swiss court decision to suspend rules obliging athletes, including double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, to lower their testosterone levels / Photo file: AFP

The IAAF would rather pick up a fight against Switzerland highest court than allow black female double Olympic champion Caster Semenya contest in any competition without going through the medical process of lowering her natural testosterone levels.

Switzerland’s highest court on Monday issued a temporal suspension to the IAAF rules for Caster Semenya to alter her natural testosterone features following an appeal by Semenya, the South African woman who won the women’s 800 metres at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

READ MORE: IAAF’s Caster Semenya Ruling Temporarily Suspended

Semenya is fighting a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which had previously discover that the rules were “discriminatory” but “necessary” to ensure fairness in women’s athletics.

“The IAAF will continue to fight for equal rights and opportunities for all women and girls in our sport today and in the future,” the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said in a statement, adding that it was committed to the “full participation of women” in athletics.

It said it would “seek a swift reversion of the super-provisional order moving forwards”.

The IAAF legal team and that of Semenya shall henceforth make further submissions to the Swiss court, which will have to decide on whether to order a longer suspension on the rules or take a fresh ruling immediately depending on the perspective it sees it.

The IAAF rules in question requires women with higher than normal male hormone levels, a condition known as hyperandrogenism, to lower the amount of testosterone in their bodies artificially if they are to compete in races over distances of 400m to the mile.

READ MORE: Caster Semenya Reacts Officially To Court Decision On IAAF Rules

While Caster Semenya agues that she never took anything to influence the level of testosterone in her system and would not also go for artificial reduction.

In a snap, someone ones said if Casper Semenya needs to reduce her skill, then Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would need to do something artificial to their skills since they appear to be super different from other normal football players in the pitch.

Meanwhile, Semenya has confirmed that she will participate in the rarely-run distance of 2,000 metres at a meeting in Montreuil in the Paris suburbs on June 11.

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