Kenya drops two female sprinters over testosterone levels


It is not the first time that 23-year-old Maximilila, who also holds the Kenyan 400m record, has passed a blood test to determine her testosterone levels.

Kenyan athlete Maximilla Imali. Picture: @ moscakenya / Twitter.

Nairobi, Kenya – Two Kenyan sprinters have been scrapped by the Yaaf World Cup relegation championship in Japan this week, with blood tests showing high levels of testosterone, athletics Kenya said Friday.

The decision to leave Kenya's 100m and 200m champion Maximilia and 400m Runner Evangeline McKenna off the squad after South Africa's Caster Semeni lost a lot of challenge against plans to force some women to regulate their testosterone levels.

The decision last week by the Court of Arbitration for Sport means that female athletes with elevated testosterone will have to take depressive treatment if they compete against women at several events.

"We cannot risk traveling with the two athletes after the final Yaafoff decision on the restriction of testosterone levels on female runners took on May 8," Athletics Kenya (AK), director of competition Paul Mutvoy told AFP.

It's not the first time that 23-year-olds, who also keep the Kenyan 400m record, have passed a blood test to determine her testosterone levels.

In 2015, she was removed from the world championships in Beijing after her blood test showed you Hyperandrogenism.

"We are required for the blood tests in the hotel hotel last Friday and when the announcement came on Monday, Athletics Kenya officials tell us about the result," Immediately told AFP, added it was not the first time she learned about her. Medical issue.

"This is a scheme to demoralize us. I'm not ready to quit Athletics, not to take a suppressive treatment, I'm so happy as God made me."

The new regular applies to the distance of 400m to a mile, including the Heptathlon, which comes with a 800m race.

Except for Imaly and Makena, 800 ml of bronze medalist Kenya, Mariamet Syriac Vamboy, also took blood tests, which showed high levels of testosterone, as the case may be.

The 23-year-old Wamboy competed in the Daha Diamond League 800m, finishing sixth behind Semenya. It was the last race for both runners before the Yauf rules came into force.

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