Caster Semenya has been entered to run the 800 metres in Friday’s International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League 2019 season opening in Doha, the capital of the peninsular Arabian Gulf country Qatar.
Semenya, the double Olympic champion at the distance, was added to the 800m start list on Thursday morning, a day after her appeal against a new rule regulating testosterone levels for women athletes was rejected by the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS).
Semenya had challenged the measures introduced by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), that will force women with higher than normal male hormone levels, so-called “hyperandrogenic” athletes, to artificially lower the amount of testosterone in their bodies if they are to continue competing.
The rules will come into effect on May 8 and will apply to races over distances of 400m to the mile.
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