Semenya prohibited from competing at IAAF event

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South African athlete Caster Semenya will not participate in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) championships because a Swiss court made a ruling she is required to take her testosterone-reducing medication.

The controversial runner was expected to defend her world 800m title in late September in Doha, Qatar.

According to a policy recently created by the IAAF, all athletes with a difference in sex development are required to reduce their blood testosterone to a specific level for at least six months.

In addition to that, the athletes are meant to maintain that for the rest of their athletic career so as to compete in events from 400 meters to a mile. This proposal was temporarily suspended in June.

Semenya said that she was very disappointed to be kept from defending her hard-earned title and it will not stop her from continuing her fight for the human rights for all the female athletes concerned.

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