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21 Aug 2021
6:30 am

Journal admits Semenya may have been hard done by

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Research done into female athletes with high levels of naturally occurring testosterone might be misleading.

Caster Semenya is challenging decisions that prevent her from competing in international competitions. Picture: Roger Sedres/Gallo Images

As if Caster Semenya hasn’t been through enough. Now, it looks as though she may have been excluded from the Tokyo Olympics – probably her last chance at Gamesglory – because of sloppy science. The British Journal of Sports Medicine now admits that research done into female athletes with high levels of naturally occurring testosterone might be misleading because the study was “exploratory”. Based on that “evidence”, in 2017 World Athletics banned such athletes from competing in track events between 400m and the mile unless they medically reduced their testosterone. Semenya and her legal team have been fighting the policy,...