Caster Semenya Throws Shade at the IAAF: “Focus More on Doping”

Athletics - Diamond League - Doha - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - May 3, 2019 South Africa's Caster Semenya before the women's 800m REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

Caster Semenya has taken a swipe at at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The double Olympic gold medallist said that the IAAF should spend more energy on doping rather than on limiting naturally-occurring testosterone in female athletes.

“They should focus on doping than us,” Semenya said.

She made the remarks at the Meeting de Montreuil, where she claimed first place in the 2 000m. According to eNCA, Semenya said, “Why would I take any drugs? I’m a pure athlete, I don’t cheat.”

Semenya also claimed that she was not concerned about being barred from certain events unless she medically lowered her testosterone.

“I can run any event I want,” she said.

The 800m is Semenya’s preferred event, but she said she would be willing to compete in the 100m or 200m if necessary.

The Meeting de Montreuil was Semenya’s first event since the IAAF rules change came into effect, which would require XY chromosome athletes to limit their testosterone levels in order to compete in women’s events.

Semenya appealed the ruling, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected it.

However, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court has suspended the rules change until such time as another hearing can be held on the matter, we have gathered.


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