Tue. Sep 17th, 2019

Caster Semenya is ready for Diamond League’s Prefontaine Classic

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Caster Semenya is already exploiting loopholes in the newly-instituted ruling on testosterone levels in female athletes.

As reported by IOL News, Semenya, who is fighting against the giant that is the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), has stated her intentions of participating in the Diamond League’s 3 000m Prefontaine race that is taking place on 30 June.

Caster Semenya prepares for epic race

Since the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the IAAF’s ruling on the need for superwomen to take medication that will, essentially, reduce their testosterone level, Semenya has garnered the support of many key figures in sport.

Related: Athletics SA stands behind Caster Semenya in bid to appeal CAS ruling

Athletics South Africa (ASA) also rallied behind Semenya, revealing that not only are they going to appeal the fallacious judgment but that they were prepared to report the sports authority to the United Nations (UN) for violating ethics codes.

The controversial rule was enacted on 8 May. In order for Semenya and other female hyperandrogenic (higher-than-normal male hormone levels) athletes to compete in races over distances of 400m to a mile, they will have to take medication to lower their testosterone levels.

Semenya made it abundantly clear that she would never comply with these rulings. Neither would she be ridiculed into competing against men, something that the IAAF shockingly allowed.

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“Hell no. No way. I don’t know what will happen next. But no one should tell me what to do, if people want to stop me from doing something that’s their problem, not mine.

“This is more than a game, more than sports. This is about human dignity, human pride,” she said.

Semenya enters Prefontaine Classic as underdog

This will be Semenya’s second race after the controversial rule was enacted. In Doha, Qatar, she swept up the Diamond League’s 800m race with ease.

Related: Caster Semenya gets some sympathy from Olympics head

This, however, is a different contest for the athlete. She will be up against record holders such as Hellen Obiri (5 000m champion), Sifan Hassan (1 500m indoor champion) and Genzebe Dibaba to name a few.

The race will be held in Stanford, California and the entire country is rallying behind her.

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