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Caster Semenya’s Impossible Situation: Testosterone Gets Special Scrutiny But Doesn’t Necessarily Make Her Faster

A yearslong saga between a middle-distance runner and her sport’s ruling body may be nearing something that resembles a conclusion. In 2018, the International Association of Athletics Federations dictated that female runners with naturally occurring high testosterone levels and specific “differences of sex development” must lower their testosterone in order to compete in events ranging from 400 meters to one mile. Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya challenged the 2018 policy. It was discriminatory, she argued, lacked scientific grounding and did “irreparable harm to affected female athletes.” But on May 1,...
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Caster Semenya ruling: Sharron Davies wants sport divided by chromosomes

Former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies has said she wants to see sport divided by chromosomes instead of by gender following the Caster Semenya ruling yesterday. In a Daily Mail article, Davies claimed there is “a real crisis in women’s sport” and said it “needs to be protected.” “Caster’s case highlights what happens if athletes born with male characteristics and a Y chromosome compete in female sport. “If we are not careful then in 10 years all the records in men’s sport will be held by men and all the records in women’s...
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Olympian Caster Semenya loses case that would require her to take hormone suppressant

The Olympic committee has decided the cisgender athlete must lower the amount of testosterone that her body naturally creates.
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Caster Semenya receives support after losing testosterone case

Messages of support are pouring in for gold medallist Caster Semenya after the runner lost an appeal on May 1. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled against the gold medallist who challenged the implementation of rules which will limit the testosterone levels of female athletes. The landmark ruling comes after a long and bitter dispute over proposed rules by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) last year. The CAS ruling stated: “DSD Regulations are discriminatory but the majority of the panel found that such discrimination is a necessary,...
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