Should Caster Semenya be forced to lower Testosterone levels to compete in Tokyo?
Caster Semenya is very much in the news lately. We have already published two stories about the new IAAF rule which will require Caster to take testosterone-lowering medication in order to compete on an international level. Per the report: "The IAAF, will reportedly announce the creation of a new female classification to be known as Athletes with Differences of Sexual Development, which includes those with Hyperandrogenism, such as Semenya. "From November 1, 2018, athletes who fit into that classification will be forced to undergo testosterone-lowering treatment." Caster was born with this medical condition. Caster is a South African middle-distance runner and a gold medalist and for sure could easily pass for a man on the outside. Last August Caster shared this story about her love story with her wife Violet Raseboya in a TV interview. "We met in a restroom in 2007. She was a runner and was being escorted by doping officials. She thought I was a boy and said 'What is a boy doing in here?'" "I'm not a boy. You think I'm lost? You think I can just walk in here?" It took a while for them to start dating and Caster said it was her that told Violet about her feelings for her. "We were in denial. She had a past. She had a boyfriend. (She) was trying to deny being in love with a woman" They got married in 2017. This is a tough situation for the IAAF. Seb Coe just wants the competition to be fair. However, this is a medical condition a person is born with. Penalizing an athlete for a natural trait of her body does not seem right.
posted Tuesday May 1st
by Bob Anderson