Namibian sprinter Christine Mboma cleared for return after temporary suspension

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ATHLETICS Namibian sprinter Christine Mboma cleared for return after temporary suspension

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Namibian sprinter Christine Mboma is cleared by World Athletics to return to the 100m and 200m events after a temporary suspension.

Namibian sprinter Christine Mboma is set to make a triumphant return to the track after receiving clearance from World Athletics (WA).

The Olympic Games silver medalist's temporary suspension, imposed by the WA Council in March 2023, has now been lifted, allowing her to compete once again in the 100m and 200m events.

This news, confirmed by her coach Henk Botha, marks a significant milestone in Mboma's career, as she navigates the complex world of regulations concerning testosterone levels in female athletes, particularly those with Differences in Sex Development (DSD).

"She is cleared for the 100 and 200 meters initially, with the potential for further expansion to the 400 meters within the next two years. Eventually, all events will be accessible to her," said Mbotha.

World Athletics started implementing stringent regulations governing testosterone levels for athletes in various categories nine months ago.

These regulations include a two-year reduction in testosterone levels for those competing in the 400, 800, and 1500-meter events, and a six-month requirement for others.

Navigating these new regulations has been a challenging journey, described by Botha as uncharted territory for both Mboma and World Athletics.

"It's been a rollercoaster ride, but we've managed to navigate it successfully. Christine has shown remarkable dedication and positivity during her training, gearing up to rejoin the global stage," the coach added.

Mboma's impending return to competitive racing represents a significant milestone in her career.

The Namibian had catapulted herself into the global athletics consciousness when breaking the 400m world under-20 record in 2021, before doing the same in the 200m a few months later to win an eye-catching Olympic silver in Tokyo.

World Athletics rules state that all athletes with DSD, who have 46 XY chromosomes with internal testes rather than ovaries, cannot compete in female sports unless they reduce their high testosterone levels for a minimum of six months and in some cases 24 months. 

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