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Semenya moves to court to challenge IAAF gender rule

[Caster Semenya, a South Africa athlete after winning her 800 M race. Photo/Courtesy].

South Africa’s world 800 metres Olympic champion Caster Semenya on Monday moved to the Arbitration Court for Sport to challenge proposed rules that would force her to lower her testosterone levels.

In a post on her social media platforms ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’  the South African athlete said that the rules proposed by track and field’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), specifically targeted her and termed the move as a “gross violation” of her rights.

The controversial rules would force the so-called “hyperandrogenic” athletes or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) to take drugs to lower testosterone levels below a prescribed amount if they wish to compete.

The introduction of the rules was slated for November last year but was put on hold pending this week’s hearings at the Lausanne-based CAS which Semenya is expected to attend.

The court will give its verdict by end of March.

Semenya is not alone two athletes who finished behind her in the Rio Olympics 800m race, Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui, who finished in the second and third position in the Rio Olympics 800m race are also facing the same consequences following high testosterone levels in their bodies.

Semenya, 28 and a renowned top South African athlete, who also won the 2012 Olympic gold medal among other three world titles is vehemently opposing the proposed rules.