‘Semenya is a biological man’: Spanish athletics official backs IAAF testosterone restriction rule
Odriozola, who is also a professor of biochemistry and a member of the IAAF Board of Directors, said athletes with a high testosterone level have a huge advantage over the rest of their competitors whose biological level of testosterone is significantly lower.
In an interview with Spanish Sport magazine Odriozola stressed that the two time Olympic champion from South Africa, Semenya, “biologically is a man” given her extreme high testosterone level which she is now obliged to reduce under the new athletics regulations.
“She says the IAAF goes against her, but the rules are for everyone,” he said. “Her case comes from the World Championships in Berlin 2009. She has XY chromosomes, like men, and then a series of hormonal internal controls that make her hyperandrogenic.”
“Semenya has more testosterone than most men and that gives her an undoubted advantage,” Odriozola added emphasizing that the IAAF’s rule was aimed at ensuring fair competition.
Under the new IAAF regulations, female runners with exceeded testosterone are obliged to medically reduce it to be eligible to compete internationally. Semenya, who specializes in middle distances, tried to overturn the decision which she found discriminatory, but lost her appeal both in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.Also on rt.com 'It’s stupid, men are stronger!' Siberian combat sports champion on 'intergender' MMA fights
The runner will not be allowed to compete at the upcoming world championships as she refuses to medically lower her testosterone level.