August 24, 2016

Caster Semenya: IAAF Will Likely Challenge Ruling Suspending Female Testosterone Monitoring

I posted about the Olympic Games yesterday, and mentioned Caster Semenya, the "intersex" female who crushed the women's 2016 Olympic 800 meter field to win the race.

Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, has indicated the IAAF will likely challenge the ruling which stopped monitoring of female athletes who have extremely high testosterone levels. The ruling allowed Caster Semenya to discontinue taking testosterone-lowering medication, which had the direct effect of a dramatic decrease in Semenya's middle-distance race times.

Read the article in the Guardian here.

And here is the photo on the article. Pretty telling, huh?

I'm sorry, but this person should not be allowed to race as a woman.  Being sensitive to Caster Semenya's physical deformities is one thing.  But allowing her to compete as a woman is quite another thing, and is simply not fair to the rest of the competitors.  No woman would naturally have this physical appearance, nor would a woman naturally have a sky-high testosterone level.

Hopefully common sense will prevail.  But then again, as my late father-in-law said, "There is really no such thing as common sense, because sense is not common."

Mary Rae Fouts


  1. Interesting. If another female athlete took testosterone to boost her levels to those of Caster S., that athlete would receive a drug suspension. But yet the levels are deemed ok for Caster.

  2. Just another reason not to watch the Olympics anymore.

  3. Surprised that none of the other women athletes have sued about this matter. That would be an interesting court or arbitration case.


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