Caster Semenya (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Caster Semenya (Picture Credit score: Reuters)

British Olympian Eilidh Doyle mentioned Caster Semenya was handled extra harshly than drug offenders by AFI.

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Final Up to date: July 17, 2020, 12:57 AM IST

British Olympian Eilidh Doyle feels double Olympic champion Caster Semenya has been handled extra harshly than drug offenders by athletics’ governing physique.

Semenya, an Olympic 800m gold medallist in 2012 and 2016, is not going to be allowed to defend her 800m title on the 2019 World Championships after a Swiss court docket dominated in favour of an Worldwide Affiliation of Athletics Federations ruling that requires her to take a testosterone-reducing medicine.

“I really feel so sorry for her,” mentioned Doyle as quoted by BBC Sport.

“There are loads of issues that have been carried out fallacious with that. Caster Semenya was handled very poorly.

“I believe athletics has larger challenges and that is the place we must be pushing. There are medicine cheats in our sport who’re handled rather a lot higher, who purposefully take issues to cheat.”

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Doyle, who will participate in her third Olympics subsequent 12 months to compete within the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay at Tokyo is asking for a lifetime ban for doping offences.

The primary offence carries a most four-year suspension for athletes at current.

“There must be a sufficiently big deterrent that the chance is much too huge to take,” the 33-year-old informed Honest Play: The Girls in Sport podcast.

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“For those who’re caught taking a performance-enhancing drug, that is it, you are banned out of your sport. It wants one thing laborious hitting with credibility to ensure athletes who’re maybe perhaps tempted to cheat undoubtedly do not.

“I like my sport however I hear people discuss it and so they simply assume anybody who does an incredible efficiency, they have to be a cheat. There’s this black cloud over it.”