Paula Radcliffe backs new IAAF testosterone rules, saying no solution fair to all

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South Africa's Caster Semenya is a double Olympic champion in the 800mFormer marathon world champion Paula Radcliffe says she supports new rules on the "minefield" issue of naturally high testosterone levels in women.Some athletes will have to take medication to race in track events from 400m up to the mile from November."There isn't a fair answer - there's no solution that is fair to everybody," the 44-year-old Briton said.
"It's just trying to make fairness out of a situation that is pretty much impossible."South Africa's Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is one of the athletes who could be affected.Athletics South Africa said on Thursday that it would "challenge" the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on the new rules.
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The country's governing body said in a statement that it would go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) if the IAAF did not change its stance.

Britain's Paula Radcliffe is a three-time London Marathon winnerResearch commissioned by the IAAF in July 2017, after its previous rules on 'hyperandrogenism' were suspended by Cas for lack of evidence, found that female athletes with high testosterone levels had a "competitive advantage".Radcliffe told the Press Association: "To make it about Caster Semenya is completely unfair to her. Why should she be made the poster person for this[/IMG]"It's the fact that it's not, and girls on the start line know they're never going to get a medal in an 800m. That's the bottom line."
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The African National Congress - the ruling party of South Africa - previously called the measures "blatantly racist", but Radcliffe disputed that argument."I get really annoyed when I see these arguments come back that it's racist or it's sexist. It's none of those," she added."I think what the IAAF has tried to do is to go with where they've got the most proof and go with the majority, which inevitably means that some people are going to lose out."
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