Highly-criticised world athletics body's rule could end Caster Semenya's career

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) plans to institute a restriction on the testosterone levels of female athletes in November.

If IAAF succeeds, it could dramatically affect the career of South African track star Caster Semenya, says sports Scientist Dr Ross Tucker.

Semenya won in the women's 800m final and claimed the 1 500m victory at the Commonwealth Games - both achieved in Games record times.

Read: Semenya completes Commonwealth Games gold double

Throughout her career, she has had to shrug off the ever-present questions about her right to compete as a woman.

According to Dr Tucker, the IAAF's plans to impose limits on testosterone in female athletes is inconsistent with their own evidence.

In 2012 an IAAF study found that female testosterone levels had the greatest performance impact on the hammer throw and the pole vault in the field events.

Also read: New IAAF study reignites debate of women athletes with higher testosterone

Despite this, the IAAF only wants maximum testosterone level limits for the 400m, the 400m hurdles, the 800m and the 1 500m races.

The policy has only gone part of the way to acting on their own evidence, which is why people are asking what is going on.

Dr Ross Tucker, Sports Scientist at The Science of Sport

The IAAF did a study looking at data from 2012 at the World Champs where they divided all the women competitors into three groups: high testosterone, average testosterone and low testosterone.

Dr Ross Tucker, Sports Scientist at The Science of Sport

Semenya last week went to the Gold Coast and won the 800m and the 1 500m.

Dr Ross Tucker, Sports Scientist at The Science of Sport

The problem is that they have got a policy that has been narrowed down and looks targeted specifically at Semenya.

Dr Ross Tucker, Sports Scientist at The Science of Sport

Dr Tucker explains the technicalities of the testosterone restriction and the impending arbitration process.

Take a listen to his expert sporting analysis:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Semenya completes Commonwealth Games gold double

Semenya completes Commonwealth Games gold double

Caster Semenya claimed her second gold of the Commonwealth Games when she came first in the Women's 800m final.

Jobodwana thumps Gatlin in 150m, while Semenya sets SA record

Jobodwana thumps Gatlin in 150m, while Semenya sets SA record

South African athletes shine at the Liquid Telecom Grand Pix.

Caster Semenya wins 800m gold, claims third World Champs title

Caster Semenya wins 800m gold, claims third World Champs title

Gold medalist Caster Semenya won the 2017 final in London on Sunday night in a time of 1:55.16.

ASA criticised for lack of support to athletes competing in London

ASA criticised for lack of support to athletes competing in London

Sports writer for The Citizen, Wesley Botton, says ASA offer very little support to athletes but takes credit for achievements.

New IAAF study reignites debate of women athletes with higher testosterone

New IAAF study reignites debate of women athletes with higher testosterone

The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, was funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Hero's welcome for Caster Semenya and the rest of Team SA

Hero's welcome for Caster Semenya and the rest of Team SA

Team South Africa are back on home soil and received a hearty welcome from fans at OR Tambo International Airport this morning.

Popular articles
'Evidence is solid. Poor people’s money was used illegally. Shivambu benefitted'

'Evidence is solid. Poor people’s money was used illegally. Shivambu benefitted'

Ray White interviews Pauli van Wyk, an investigative journalist with Scorpio at Daily Maverick.

Two men get away with R70 000 in robbery at Cape Town's World of Birds

Two men get away with R70 000 in robbery at Cape Town's World of Birds

Walter Mangold, the owner of the popular tourist attraction in Hout Bay, was targeted by two men on the premises on Sunday.

Judge Dennis Davis explains estate duty when your spouse dies

Judge Dennis Davis explains estate duty when your spouse dies

Some recommendations by the Davis Tax Committee were met with concerns from members of the public on how they will be affected.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Eskom has warned that more power cuts can be expected as maintenance continues over the next twelve months.

Check out BlitzBokke #Madiba100 jersey for Cape Town 7s

Check out BlitzBokke #Madiba100 jersey for Cape Town 7s

Saru has partnered with Asics to create a special Blitzbokke jersey to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

New Zealand company implements four-day work week after successful trial-run

New Zealand company implements four-day work week after successful trial-run

Employees will still be paid for five days of work, but work for four days.

[WATCH] Ellen Pakkies shares her own story as local film adaptation hits screens

[WATCH] Ellen Pakkies shares her own story as local film adaptation hits screens

Eleven years after murdering her drug addict son, the film about Ellen Pakkies' story is being shown at cinemas across SA.