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Athletics South Africa Will Challenge Testosterone Rules

Athletic South Africa has finally taken action.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) is going to challenge the new set of rules, known as the testosterone regulations, passed by the IAAF last week.

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The IAAF Has Officially Announced Its New Testosterone Rules That Could Impede Caster Semenya's Performance

The South African Olympic champion must lower her natural testosterone levels to remain eligible to compete.

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has revealed its new eligibility regulations for "female classification" today—these rules could impede on South African middle-distance athlete Caster Semenya's performance.

These regulations are for events from the 400m to the mile, including hurdles, 400m, 800m and 1500m races and will go into effect from November 1.

According to the report, the IAAF requires any athlete who has a "Difference of Sexual Development (DSD)," meaning an athlete who is "androgen-sensitive" with levels of testosterone are 5 nmol/L or above to meet the following criteria to be eligible to compete in "restricted events" in an international competition:

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The IAAF Says Caster Semenya Must Lower Her Testosterone Levels Or Compete in Longer Distances

A new controversial set of rules will affect Caster Semenya severely.

South African middle-distance athlete Caster Semenya might be forced to compete in longer distance dashes.

This comes after the International Association of Athletics Federation announced that this Thursday it will reveal new rules for athletes with hyperandrogenism (high levels of testosterone in the female body). The rules, according to a report by the Daily Mail, will force Semenya to either take medication to reduce her naturally occurring testosterone levels or move to longer-distance events.

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