I am a woman there is no question to that Semenya affirms

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800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya has declared she’s “unquestionably women” ahead of the hearing of a case challenging proposed rules to restrict testosterone levels in female athletes at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

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This is following the case the IAAF raised in regards to athletes who have DSD ( Different Sexual Development ) The 28-year-old South African made the statement after IAAF denied it would argue during the hearing that she should be classified as a biological male.   “Ms Semenya is unquestionably a woman. She is a heroine and an inspiration to many around the world,” her lawyers said in a statement.  “She asks that she be respected and treated like any other athlete.”  The rules would force so-called “hyperandrogenic” athletes or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) to keep testosterone levels below a prescribed amount.

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The rules were to have been instituted in November 2018 but have been put on ice pending next week’s hearings. Supported by the South African Athletics Federation, the two-time Olympic champion in the 800m (2012, 2016) and three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2017) has denounced the proposals.

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