South Africa's Caster Semenya will face a tough decision if she chooses to compete at another worldwide sports meet.

She replied to the new rules, which come into effect on November 1, 2018, by retweeting messages of support and the slogan: "How attractive it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged".

But Caster is not letting any of that get her down.

"I call upon all South Africans to stand firm in opposing these Caster Semenya Regulations as they are created to disadvantage Caster in her career", Xasa said.

Many of the Caster's fans have also stepped up to defend the star, demanding that she be left alone.


Athletics Kenya (AK) has welcomed new rules announced Thursday by the world athletics governing body that seek to create a level playing field in women's track competition.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe said: "We want athletes to be incentivised to make the huge commitment and sacrifice required to excel in the sport, and to inspire new generations to join the sport and aspire to the same excellence".

It pointed to their latest research which showed there is a performance advantage for females with higher testosterone over the track distances.

The previous rules were challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) by sprinter Dutee Chand of India and overturned before the 2016 Olympics.

"How attractive is it to remain silent when someone expects you to be enraged", she posted in another.


The newly adopted regulations require any female athlete who has a Difference of Sexual Development (DSD) to reduce blood testosterone level to below 5 nmol/L to be eligible to compete internationally.

These new rules will affect South Africa's double-Olympic champion, with the IAAF putting testosterone quotas on events from 400m to the mile - which include Semenya's preferred 800m and 1500m distances.

"As a federation, we will study the new regulations and compare them with the CAS recommendations to see if they are compatible and in line", ASA said. I don't think she even qualified for the Commonwealth Games.

In the statement, ASA also conceded that the IAAF has the authority to determine such rules.

"Once done, we will then inter-act with the IAAF", the federation, Athletics South Africa, said in a statement. All contact will be treated in confidence and if additional support is required the athlete, or her representative, may agree on the appointment of an independent ombudsman to assist the athlete in understanding and addressing the requirements of the Regulations.


With testosterone levels between 5 and 10 nanomoles per liter, the IAAF said, women gain a clear performance advantage derived from a 4.4 percent increase in muscle mass, a 12 percent to 26 percent increase in muscle strength and a 7.8 percent increase in hemoglobin, which transports oxygen in red blood cells.

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