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IAAF settles for new eligibility rules in Female competitions


Caster Semenya in the lead at the 2018 Commonwelth games 800m event

A new rule by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) issued this week may force some female athletes to compete in male event or quit the sport.

In the new Eligibilty Regulations female athletes with Diffferences of Sexual Development (DSD) for events from 400m to the mile,including 400m, hurdles races and combined events over the same distances (Restricted Events) must meet following conditions :

(a)She must by law either as female or as intersex

(b)She must reduce her blood testosterone level to below five (5) nmol/L for a continuous period of at least six months (e.g by use of hormonal contraceptives) and

(c)Thereafter She must maintain her blood testosterone level below five (5) nmol/L continuously (i.e whether she is in competition or out of competition for as long as she wishes to remain eligible.

This new regulations approved by the IAAF Council in March will come into effect from 1 November 2018 and replace the previous regulations governing eligibility of Female with Hyperandrogenism to compete in Women’s competition which no longer apply anywhere in the sport.

“As the International Federation for our sport we have a responsibility to ensure a level playing field for athletes” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.



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