JOHANNESBURG – Questions are being raised on Thursday morning about what options Caster Semenya has after a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in favour of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)’s new testosterone regulations.
The ruling means Semenya will have to take medication to suppress her naturally high testosterone levels if she wants to compete internationally.
Sports medicine scientist Shuaib Manjra said that she can either quit, appeal the ruling or go for hormonal therapy.
“If you reduce it to below 5, what’s the degree of disadvantage are you going to have? I mean Ross Tucker has done some modeling on this and he finds that if Caster Semenya is to reduce testosterone to below 5, she’ll probably be an also-ran in the 800 meters.”
Semenya said that she won’t back down from her fight against the IAAF.
[Statement] Minister of @SPORTandREC_RSA Ms. Tokozile Xasa on the outcome of the Court of Arbitration for Sport case on matter involving, Ms. #CasterSemenya, Athletics South Africa and the International Association of Athletics Federations’ #IAAF #WeAreCasterSemenya pic.twitter.com/yJP74Ndxfs
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) May 1, 2019
Meanwhile, the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s concerns about the IAAF’s regulations regarding female athletes’ testosterone levels should have been enough for it to halt their implementation.
The Sports Science Institute’s chief executive is outraged.
The institute’s Phatokuhle Zondi said: “The concern relates to maintaining the level of testosterone, they relate to lack of complete evidence regarding 1,500 meters and of course the side effects.
“But these are important enough issues as that’s how they frame it in their press release. For me, to say that we should have been paused and delayed when implementing this regulation, if at all [sic].”