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Caster Semenya Says She Will Continue To Run Without IAAF Testosterone Drug

Caster Semenya Says She Will Continue To Run Without IAAF Testosterone Drug

The sporting world has been gripped by the Caster Semenya court case this week, with the Court of Arbitration For Sport upholding the IAAF's ruling that the South African 800m champion will have to take testosterone blockers in order to continue to compete.

The ruling forbids female athletes with abnormally high levels of testosterone to compete in distances between 400m and a mile, as it would give them an 'unfair advantage'. Athletes whom this ruling applied to would be forced to take medication in order to lower their levels of testosterone.

Samenya, a double Olympic champion at 800m, has differences or disorders of sex development (DSD) condition, which raises her testosterone levels. Individuals with conditions such as this generally have hormones, genes, reproductive organs that may be a mix of male and female characteristics.

Today's Diamond League meeting in Doha represented Semenya's final opportunity to compete at 800m before the new rules were introduced, where she would win the race.

When asked by reporters (h/t Sky Sports News) after the win if she intended to adhere to the new laws put forward by the IAAF, or perhaps quit the sport, the South African had this to say:

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Hell no. I'm never going anywhere. At the end of the day, its all about believing.

Its up to God. God has decided my career and he will end my career so no human can stop me from running. I understand there's been a lot of controversy but that does not control anything.

We're doing it for the next generation. We want to inspire them. I believe in my legal team, they will do their best to get me back on the track.

Semenya will be forced to take the testosterone blockers should she wish to defend her world title at the same venue later this year, barring a miraculous change of heart from the IAAF.

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Gary Connaughton

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