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Athletics: Nyairera in support of Semenya

ATHLETICS By Robin Toskin | May 2nd 2019
Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba, left, is congratulated by Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui after their Women's 800 meters semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in London. (Courtesy)

Kenya’s 800m bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Margaret Wambui Nyairera, has tweeted in support of Caster Semenya.

The South African runner on Wednesday lost her court challenge against IAAF rules forcing some female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels.

Nyairera, who is in Doha, Qatar, for the season-opening IAAF Diamond League Friday tweeted: “I do support you Caster coz no one chooses to be born he or she want.”

Women with elevated testosterone will have to take suppressive treatment. [AP]

On Wednesday immediately CAS delivered the verdict, Nyairera also tweeted: “This life sometimes is so unfair" but everything that happens with a reason Caster this is life we African we have nothing to say in this world and nothing we can do about it so pole (sorry) my dear so painful.”

The decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport means that women with elevated testosterone will have to take suppressive treatment to keep it below five nanomoles per litre if they wish to compete as females in certain events.

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