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Tokyo 2020: Two Namibian Olympic medal contenders ruled ineligible for women’s 400m due to naturally high testosterone levels

Mboma and Masilingi have turned in 4 of the highest 5 400m instances on this planet this 12 months, in accordance to the World Athletics web site.

The elevated testosterone levels have been detected throughout medical assessments required by World Athletics.

The international governing physique requires that feminine athletes’ blood testosterone levels be below 5 nmol/L (nanomoles per liter) to compete in choose women’s occasions, together with the 400m.

The two 18-year-old athletes have been ruled ineligible due to World Athletics’ coverage on Athletes with Differences of Sex Development (DSD).

World Athletics banned athletes who’ve elevated blood testosterone levels from competing in women’s races from 400m to one mile in distance in worldwide competitors when it launched new DSD laws in 2018.

In order to compete, these athletes should decrease their testosterone levels with medicine, which World Athletics says ensures honest competitors.

Beatrice Masilingi's 49.53 seconds in Zambia in April is the third-fastest 400m time of the year.
In 2019, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld World Athletics’ DSD guidelines after they have been challenged by South African runner Caster Semenya. She misplaced a subsequent enchantment and in February took her case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Mboma and Masilingi have been examined in Italy, the place they’re coaching, in accordance to the NNOC-CGA’s assertion.

The committee mentioned that neither of the 18-year-old athletes, nor their households, coaches or the Namibia National Olympic Committee have been conscious of their situation.

The committee mentioned that Mboma and Masilingi will nonetheless have the ability to compete in 100m and 200m occasions.

The group additionally says it is in shut contact with World Athletics about paving a means ahead for the 2 athletes.

“We will analyse all info and apply it in one of the best curiosity of these two younger women,” the assertion reads.

“We are constructive on their future as elite athletes.”

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