NAIROBI: Kenya's Olympic 800m bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera Wambui can feel her career slipping away from her, with no idea when, or if, she will be able to compete internationally again.The 24-year-old is one of several star female athletes affected by an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ruling this month that requires women with high levels of testosterone to take medication to suppress it.Seated at a dirt-track stadium at the foot of the Ngong Hills outside Nairobi where she trains, Wambui has just returned from a disappointing sixth-place finish in the 800m at the Doha Diamond League.She was meant to leave for the IAAF World Challenge athletics meeting in Nanjing next week, but now her future is one big question mark."I am very disappointed, I don't feel even like going on with the training because you don't know what you are training for," she said.The new IAAF rules took effect on May 8 after South Africa's two-time Olympic 800m champion Caster … [Read more...] about Kenyan runner Wambui fears testosterone rules will end career
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DOHA: After two-time Olympic 800mchampion Caster Semenya lost her legal challenge, the IAAF's controversial rule regulating testosterone levels for women athletes will come into effect next Wednesday (May 8).AFP assesses which athletes it governs, and for which competitions.Season over for athletes concerned by ruling?Almost. The rule introduced by the International Association of Athletics Federations compels female runners in certain categories to cap their testosterone levels at five nanomoles per litre (nmol/L) of blood for fully six months before competing.The IAAF has made an exception for the world championships in Doha that start on September 27, with athletes who adhere to the rule from May 8 allowed to take part.But athletes who have not anticipated this week's verdict from the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will arrive in Doha without the benefit of any official warm-up races.The IAAF told AFP that the exception made for the world championships "does not … [Read more...] about What effect will athletics’ gender ruling have?
By Jeré Longman The New York Times Wed., May 1, 2019 The highest court in international sports issued a landmark but nuanced ruling Wednesday that will force female track athletes with elevated levels of testosterone to take suppressants to compete in certain races against other women. The ruling is a defeat for Caster Semenya, a two-time Olympic champion at 800 meters from South Africa, who had appealed the regulations and has fought to compete in women’s events despite her naturally elevated levels of the muscle-building hormone testosterone. The court addressed a complicated, highly charged question involving fair play, gender identity, biology and human rights that the world of track and field has been grappling with for a decade: Since competition is divided into male and female categories, what is the most equitable way to decide who should be eligible to compete in women’s events? The decision by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport … [Read more...] about Court bars women with high testosterone from some track races
LAUSANNE: South African runner Caster Semenya on Wednesday lost her court challenge against IAAF rules forcing female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels, but judges voiced concern with the application of the “discriminatory” regulations. Semenya, a double Olympic champion, was fighting measures imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that compel “hyperandrogenic” athletes — or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) — to lower their testosterone levels if they wish to compete as women. A three judge panel at the Court of Arbitration for Sport said it had “some serious concerns as to the future practical application of these DSD regulations.” Even though the regulations are “discriminatory ... such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the Restricted … [Read more...] about Semenya loses court challenge against IAAF testosterone rules
LAUSANNE: The world's sports court will decide Wednesday (Apr 30) on South African runner Caster Semenya's challenge against rules regulating testosterone in female athletes, a verdict expected to have a profound impact on the future of women's sport.Semenya, a double Olympic champion, is fighting regulations imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that compel "hyperandrogenic" athletes - or those with "differences of sexual development" (DSD) - to lower their testosterone levels if they wish to compete as women.The IAAF says the rules are essential to preserve a level playing field and ensure that all female athletes can see "a path to success."But Semenya's cause has earned widespread support, including by a global coalition of nations and scientific experts who argue that testosterone is an arbitrary and unfair measure for determining gender.The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland heard a week of arguments in the case in … [Read more...] about Sports court to rule in Semenya’s landmark testosterone case