Namibia’s standout athlete and Olympic silver medalist, Christine Mboma, is poised to make a triumphant return to the track, with approval from World Athletics (WA), as confirmed by coach Henk Botha on Tuesday.
Following a temporary suspension imposed by the WA Council in March 2023, Mboma’s comeback is set for April next year. The suspension, linked to regulations on testosterone levels in female athletes, prompted the WA Council to tighten restrictions for athletes with Differences of Sex Development (DSD). The maximum allowed plasma testosterone for such athletes was halved from five nanomoles per liter of blood to 2.5.
Coach Henk Botha stated that Mboma has now met the recommended testosterone level outlined by the WA ruling. This green light enables her participation in the women’s 100m and 200m races initially, with a promising outlook for broader competition in the future.
“She can only do the 100m and 200m for now, but within the next two years, she will be able to do the 400m as well. And then all events will be open for her,” said Botha, outlining Mboma’s anticipated progression on the track.
The athlete’s return not only marks a personal triumph but also raises pertinent discussions about the evolving landscape of regulations in athletics and the impact on athletes with Differences of Sex Development. As Mboma prepares for her eagerly awaited comeback, the sporting community eagerly anticipates witnessing her prowess on the track once again.
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