Wow, what an absolute garbage decision. Somebody has a naturally occurring condition that happens to make her very good at something, so the solution is to force her to take drugs she doesn’t need, risking her health in the process, if she wants to continue her career? Fuck off, IAAF. Just fuck right off. And anyone who doesn’t see this as the straight up discrimination that it is can feel free to fuck right off with them until the day a differently built man has to go through the sorts of scrutiny that Caster Semenya has. The message is clear. If you don’t conform to what our definition of athlete is regardless of the consequences, you have no right to be an athlete. It’s absolute nonsense. It would be like making the really good Jeopardy contestants smash themselves in the head with a brick until they’re as dumb as the American president so that the others won’t have to worry about getting all butthurt when they’re dismantled by a superior player. Olympic runner Semenya loses fight over testosterone rules
The sports world’s highest court ruled Wednesday that Olympic champion Caster Semenya and other female runners like her with unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events — a landmark decision with far-reaching ramifications for other women’s sports.
In a 2-1 ruling, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld proposed rules issued by track’s governing body, the IAAF, saying that they are discriminatory but that “such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means” of “preserving the integrity of female athletics.”
The IAAF argued that high, naturally occurring levels of testosterone in athletes like Semenya with “intersex” characteristics that don’t conform to standard definitions of male and female give them an unfair competitive advantage, and it decreed a maximum level for females.
The court decision could open the way for similar rules in other women’s sports where size, speed and power make a difference, such as weightlifting, boxing, swimming, rugby, field hockey and soccer.