Kenya Team Drops Two Female Athletes With High Testosterone Levels

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A decision last week from the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that a female athlete with intersex variations has to lower her testosterone levels to compete. The Kenyan team has now dropped two female athletes with high testosterone levels.

Sprinters Maximila Imali and Evangeline Makena were kicked off the team after taking blood tests, according to AFPvia The East African. In order to compete as a woman, they would have to take suppressant treatments to lower their testosterone, but Imali rejects this.

"We were summoned for the blood tests at the team hotel last Friday and when the report came out on Monday, Athletics Kenya officials inform us about the result outcome," Imali told AFP. "This is a scheme to demoralise us. I am not ready to quit athletics, nor to take a suppressant treatment. I am so happy the way God made me to be."

Imali also took a blood test in 2015, revealing high testosterone, which got her removed from the world championships in Beijing.