South Africa's Caster Semenya celebrates victory following the Womens 800 Metres during day two of the IAAF Continental Cup in Czech Republic

Caster Semenya is the reigning two-time Olympic and three-time World 800m champion

Athletics’ governing physique has denied it should inform a court docket feminine athletes with excessive testosterone ranges like Caster Semenya ought to be categorised as male.

World and Olympic 800m champion Semenya is difficult a proposed IAAF rule that goals to limit the degrees of testosterone in feminine runners.

The case will probably be heard on the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) subsequent week.

The Times reported that IAAF attorneys will say Semenya is a “organic male” in addition to classifed as feminine.

The IAAF mentioned it’s “not classifying” any athlete with “variations of sexual improvement” (DSD) – of whom South African Semenya is probably the most notable – as male.

“On the contrary, we settle for their authorized intercourse with out query, and allow them to compete within the feminine class,” it mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.

“Nonetheless, if a DSD athlete has testes and male ranges of testosterone, they get the identical will increase in bone and muscle dimension and energy and will increase in haemoglobin {that a} male will get once they undergo puberty, which is what offers males such a efficiency benefit over ladies.

“Due to this fact, to protect honest competitors within the feminine class, it’s essential to require DSD athletes to cut back their testosterone right down to feminine ranges earlier than they compete at worldwide degree.”

The IAAF meant to usher in new guidelines on 1 November final yr however put that again to 26 March to attend for the result of the authorized problem from Semenya and Athletics South Africa.

The principles will apply to ladies in observe occasions from 400m as much as the mile and require that athletes must hold their testosterone ranges beneath a prescribed quantity “for a minimum of six months previous to competing”.

The delay means DSD athletes with excessive testosterone is not going to be allowed to run for six months from the date any rule change is available in, which may see Semenya miss most of the 2019 outdoor season.

The 2019 World Athletics Championships start in Doha on 27 September.

Semenya, a two-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion, has beforehand been requested to undertake gender testing by athletics chiefs, however no outcomes have formally been made public.

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