Cabinet has expressed concerns over the developments regarding the new regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Last month, the global athletics governing body, the IAAF, announced new rules, with a separate female classification for athletes with differences of sexual development (or DSD).
Such athletes, including South African athletic star Caster Semenya, will have to reduce and then maintain their testosterone levels to no greater than 5nmol/L by November 1, 2018, if they want to compete in events ranging from 400m to a mile.
Semenya has dominated the women's 800m over the last few years, with some of the athletes continually left in her dust, complaining that they are at a disadvantage.
Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Thursday presented a briefing on Wednesday's Cabinet meeting to the media.
"Cabinet welcomes the work being done by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa and, the fact that a high-level panel of experts in the related fields of medicine and law assembled by SRSA.
"This panel will study these regulations closely and interrogate the scientific evidence that the IAAF had relied upon. It will evaluate all available research and scientific evidence, as well as related ethical issues, and use the outcome to challenge these regulations in the appropriate forums," reads the statement.
"We want to assume these regulations have nothing to do with the capabilities of Caster Semenya," added Mokonyane.
She said Cabinet was calling on South Africans to support all athletes who may be affected by these regulations, both here at home and in the rest of the world.
Read this report on News24Wire.com.
Olympic Champion Caster Semenya to Fight Testosterone Rule in Court
SASCOC Throws Support Behind Asa and Medical Advisory Committee
AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 150 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.
Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.
AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa - aggregating, producing and distributing 600 news and information items daily from over 150 African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public. We operate from Cape Town, Dakar, Abuja, Monrovia, Nairobi and Washington DC.