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Semenya Accuses IAAF of Using Her as a ‘Guinea Pig Experiment


Semenya Accuses IAAF of Using Her as a ‘Guinea Pig Experiment’

Caster Semenya has accused athletics’ governing body of using her body “as a human guinea pig experiment” by forcing her to take medication to control her testosterone levels. The double Olympic 800m champion stepped up her attacks on the International Association of Athletics Federations after the court of arbitration for sport released its 163-page judgment explaining why it decided to rule against her in a landmark case last month.

The CAS requires athletes with differences in sexual development (DSD) to take hormone suppressants to lower their testosterone below five nmol/L if they want to compete internationally between 400m to a mile. And she made it quite clear that whatever happens she would never again take medication – something she was forced to do between 2010 and 2015. 
 
“The IAAF used me in the past as a human guinea pig to experiment with how the medication they required me to take would affect my testosterone levels,” she said. “Even though the hormonal drugs made me feel constantly sick, the IAAF now wants to enforce even stricter thresholds with unknown health consequences.

“I will not allow the IAAF to use me and my body again,” she added. “But I am concerned that other female athletes will feel compelled to let the IAAF drug them and test the effectiveness and negative health effects of different hormonal drugs. This cannot be allowed to happen.”

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