//IAAF drops two Kenyan runners over high testosterone levels

IAAF drops two Kenyan runners over high testosterone levels

The International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF has dropped two female Kenyan middle-distance runners from the team for this month’s iaaf world championships in Doha due to high levels of testosterone.

Athletics Jackline Wambui, who won the 800m in Kenyan trials last week with a personal best time of 1min 58sec, and Linda Kahega, who came third in the 400m, had both qualified for the world championships but have fallen foul of rules.

Blood tests showed the two Kenyan runners had testosterone levels higher than allowed by the IAAF, and as a result cannot compete in Doha as the new IAAF decision rules out female athletes with high levels of testosterone from competing in events from 400m to the mile.

The new IAAF rules came into force on may 8 and oblige women higher than normal male hormone levels to artificially lower their testosterone to run at some distances.