'No one asked Phelps to cut down his flipper feet'- Caller #HandsOffCaster

The proposal by the IAAF to force athletes or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) to take drugs to lower testosterone levels below a prescribed amount if they wish to compete has received criticism from many asking why the regulations are only proposed now.

702/CapeTalk's listeners weighed in on these proposed regulations with some asking why athletes like Michael Phelps were not regulated although it's clear that they had an unfair advantage over others.

Michael Fred Phelps is an American retired competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time.

Read: Messages of support pour in for Caster Semenya in her battle against the IAAF

Most athletes, they all have a physiological advantage over others. If you look at Michael Phelps, he had a size 14 feet, which basically meant he had flippers which explained why he was dominant in the pool. But no one at any stage said hey Michael don't you want to cut down your feet to a size ten.

Dominic, Caller

In my opinion, scientists have to determine at what level of hormones are you female or male and once you have that line then it becomes easy...

Ezilla, Caller

I think it is unfair because she is made up just the way she is ... my objection is to make her take drugs to change her body chemistry.

Dawn, Caller

If you talk about athletic competitions between males and females, there is not a single example in history of a top female athlete ever beating a top male athlete in any sport. If you are going to draw a line in order to have fairness in competition, if an individual wants to compete with other females it's for that individual to prove that they are fully female otherwise she has an unfair advantage.

John, Caller

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