After another winning race, a defiant Caster Semenya on Tuesday urged the track’s governing body to drop its pursuit of female runners with high testosterone levels and instead focus on catching dope cheaters.

Speaking after winning a 2,000m race on the outskirts of Paris, the South African again made it clear that she would refuse to take testosterone-lowering medication to comply with the hugely controversial rules imposed by the IAAF.

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“I’m not an idiot. Why am I going to do drugs? I’m a pure athlete. I don’t cheat. They should focus on doping, not on us. I will never do drugs,” said the double Olympic champion in 800 meters said.

Another athlete affected by the rules, Francine Niyonsaba, also responded with a “No!” when asked after the race if she would be taking any medication.

“I’m sad because it’s a discriminatory rule, you know, a rule that has targeted me and other world-class athletes in certain disciplines,” said Niyonsaba, who won the silver medal. behind Semenya in the 800m at the 2016 Olympics.

Athletes affected by the rules have testosterone levels in the male range, according to the IAAF, and they must lower them to be allowed to race in women’s events. The IAAF argues that testosterone’s muscle-building ability and ability to help athletes carry more oxygen in their blood gives Semenya and others like her an unfair athletic advantage over other women.

master of his destiny

The rules, which came into effect on May 8, apply to races from 400m to one mile. Semenya tried unsuccessfully to have the settlement annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. His legal team then appealed to the Swiss Supreme Court, which then temporarily lifted the disputed rules in his case.

Semenya would not comment on the call on Tuesday, saying she was not a lawyer. But she made it clear that she intended to be masters of her own destiny, saying, “I’m not going to change because of a man.”

“If they have a problem with me, I don’t have a problem with them. It’s their business to worry about, not mine,” she said.

On a soggy, rainy and cold evening, Semenya ran an unforgettable time of 5 minutes, 38.19 seconds over 2,000 meters, a rarely run distance that is not an Olympic event.

Ultimately, if her appeal fails and Semenya can no longer compete in the 800 meters, her flagship event, she hinted it wouldn’t be the end of the world for her. She said she could switch to sprints or move to longer distances if needed.

“I can host any event I want,” she said. “I’m a talented athlete. I don’t worry about anything else.”