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Semenya to challenge IAAF testosterone regulations
The International Association of Athletics Federations recently declared that female athletes in track events from 400m to the mile must regulate their testosterone levels under a specified amount. The rule comes to effect on November of this year and also states that female athletes with high testosterone levels, who disagree to control their hormone levels using external medication, will have to either change events or compete in the above events with men. However, two-time Olympic 800m champion and three time world champion, Caster Semenya will challenge these rules by the IAAF, which she deems as “unfair”. The 27 year old is to the Athletics’ governing body’s ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). According to reports, IAAF has previously made Semenya undergo a number of gender determination tests, but not officially announced the results. The South African athlete was heard stating,” I am a woman and I am fast”. She opined that the ruling is unfair towards female athletes and one should be allowed to run the way one is born.
Kiprop gives up attempts to prove innocence in doping case
Kenya’s AsbelKiprop said that he has let go of the struggle of proving his innocence regarding allegations of doping. The former 1500m Olympic champion was called out by the IAAF for testing positive for traces of erythropoietin (EPO) based on a test conducted in November 2017. Ever since being accused of doping, the 28-year-old had maintained his opinion that his sample had been tampered with and that he did not have the finances to meet the legal fees and hire qualified physicians to be able to challenge the IAAF. The three-time world champion stated that the testers had asked him a sum of money and that his “turned positive” as Kiprop had not paid them the specified amount. However, this claim was rejected by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). Kiprop has finally announced that he is giving up this fight to prove his innocence and also mentioned that this resignation is not because he is guilty of doping, but because supports the anti-doping campaign.
Sarah Healy runs second fastest in European U18 history
Holy Child Killiney student Sarah Healey finished the 1500m race at Tubingen, Germany in a time of 4:09.25, making her the fastest in 32 years of European under-18 1500m history, since the 1982 time of 4:06.02 recorded by Romanian Ana Padurean. Earlier this month, the Irish teen broke Ciara Mageean’s record of Irish senior girls 1500m record at the All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships. The 17-year-old is to compete in World Junior Championships that would take place in Finland next month.