What do the new IAAF laws mean for Caster Semenya?

South Africa's Caster Semenya runs to win the Women's 800m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro

South Africa's Caster Semenya runs to win the Women's 800m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Some female runners with naturally high testosterone levels will have to race against men or change events unless they take medication, under new rules issued by athletics' governing body.

These new rules will affect South Africa's double-Olympic champion, with the IAAF putting testosterone quotas on events from 400m to the mile - which include Semenya's preferred 800m and 1500m distances.

The newly adopted regulations require any female athlete who has a Difference of Sexual Development (DSD) to reduce blood testosterone level to below 5 nmol/L to be eligible to compete internationally.

"We want athletes to be incentivised to make the huge commitment and sacrifice required to excel in the sport".

Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is expected to be among those affected.

However, the rule was cancelled in 2015, after an Indian sprinter, Dutee Chand, challenged her disqualification from female events in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

It has also seen backlash spread across social media, with users calling the regulation "sexist".

The IAAF's medical advisors have suggested the advantage held by DSD athletes is far less pronounced in short sprints or longer distance endurance races, leaving the door open for Semenya to move up to 5,000 or 10,000 metres if she desires.

The International Association of Athletes Federation (IAAF) has introduced new laws on testosterone regulations for female athletes.

The regulations further stated that female athletes who would choose not to lower their abnormal hormonal levels would still be eligible to compete in restricted female events, worldwide male events and available intersex events.

The new regulations‚ which were approved by the IAAF Council in March‚ will come into effect from 1 November 2018 and they replace the previous regulations governing eligibility of females with Hyperandrogenism to compete in women's competition.

The EFF calls on all Africans and peoples of the world to rally in support of Caster Semenya and reject the IAAF for the racist and misogynist organisation it is.

Although opinions on these regulations in relation to Semenya vary, many South Africans and observers of the IAAF on Twitter believe this is a ploy to bring her down.

She claimed two silver medals in the women's +90kg category at last year's World Weightlifting Championships in the United States, becoming the first New Zealand competitor to step onto the podium at the event.

"The treatment to reduce testosterone levels is a hormone supplement similar to the contraceptive pill taken by millions of women around the world", Bermon said.

The new IAAF rules could yet be challenged at CAS, including by Semenya or South African sports bodies.

Those who want to compete are not required to undergo surgery.

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