When Namibia’s Christine Mboma, the world’s fastest quartermiler this year, came up with an amazing 48.54s at a meet in Poland recently, many felt that the 18-year-old would be the favourite at the Tokyo Olympics.

But the World Athletics removed Mboma and another Namibia quartermiler Beatrice Masilingi, the world’s third-fastest in 2021, from its Tokyo list.

The Namibian National Olympic Committee also explained through a media release that the World Athletics’ rules pertaining to ‘Athletes with Differences of Sexual Development’ required the two to undergo medical tests. Since they were found to have high testosterone levels, they would not be eligible to compete in events ranging from the 400m to the mile.

The two will now be running the 200m in Tokyo.

Another athlete, Aminatou Seyni of Niger, was also forced to drop the 400m in 2020 after she refused to take hormone suppressants for…

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