#HandsOffCaster: South Africans rally behind Semenya

File: Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya won her last 800 metres race on Friday before the introduction of controversial rules limiting testosterone levels in female athletes.

File: Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya has won the 2000-metres race at the Montreuil athletics in Paris on Tuesday. 


JOHANNESBURG - Caster Semenya has the full support of thousands of South Africans as she heads to court to challenge proposed rules that would force her to lower her testosterone levels.

Semenya is fighting against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF’s) female eligibility regulations, which will force athletes with "differences of sexual development" (DSD) to take drugs to lower testosterone levels if they wish to compete.

READ: Semenya takes gender rule challenge to sports court

The South African government have slammed the IAAF for the proposed rules which they believe specifically target the 800 metres Olympic champion.

Social media users, including fellow sportsmen and women, have shown their support for Semenya under #HandsOffCaster.


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