Hormone Drugs Affecting Semenya

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Sep. 30, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 30, 2010 at 12:40 PM UTC

Treatment may be contributing to back condition.

South African Caster Semenya, who will not compete in next week’s Commonwealth Games due to a back injury, may be suffering from the side effects of hormone treatments to treat her “rare inter-sex condition” an Australian newspaper reported on Thursday.

“Hormone treatment for her rare inter-sex condition has athletics insiders believing the changes in her body have contributed to the back injury that has ruled her out of the Commonwealth Games,” wrote Mike Hurst on the Herald Sun’s website.

Semenya, who had a short but successful track season this summer after an 11 month hiatus due to questions surrounding her gender, is one of a number of high profile athletes who has withdrawn from this year’s Commonwealth Games slated to get underway this weekend in Delhi, India.

For More: The Herald Sun

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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