Barbra Banda declared ineligible for Africa Cup of Nations by ‘gender verification’ test

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An African woman will not be able to participate in an upcoming women’s football tournament due to a gender verification test that deemed her ineligible.

According ESPN, Barbra Banda, who is an emerging women’s football superstar and captain of the Zambia national team, has been declared ineligible for this summer’s Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON). The reason? “Gender verification” tests indicated that his testosterone levels were too high.

The 22-year-old was one of four players missing from Zambia’s last AWCON squad after refusing to undergo hormone suppression treatment. All of the players’ testosterone levels are said to be above the Confederation of African Football (CAF) limit for the tournament.

Banda had a strong and rocky start to the Olympics last year when she became the first woman to score consecutive hat tricks in Japan. She has scored six goals in two matches in the history of the women’s competition.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Director of Communications, Sydney Mungala, said they were told Banda’s testosterone levels were outside CAF guidelines after she did well following her star turn at the Olympics. Banda and other players whose testosterone was above the acceptable level were offered hormone suppression.

“Our FA [Football Association] President [Andrew Kamanga] is in Morocco and has been pursuing this matter with his CAF colleagues,” Mungala said. ESPN.

“The Barbra case is just one example, but the bigger picture is trying to see how these regulations can be more responsible for the overall situation – not just Zambia. Many players may be affected by these regulations, and football is their livelihood I think CAF regulations are much stricter [than Olympic regulations]and they put too much stress on testosterone levels.

South African athletics star Caster Semenya is another woman who was disqualified in her sport for the same reason. She also refuses to take hormone suppression.

Last year, according to The Associated Pressthe 31-year-old athlete appeared on HBO Real Sports and talked about having to prove she was female in order to compete in her sport.

Semenya also revealed that after winning the world title at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, she was forced to take medication by World Athletics, formerly the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which artificially lowered her natural testosterone to compete against other runners. . Details of the medications Semenya took were never disclosed, but it is speculated that she took birth control pills or something with identical effects.

“It made me sick, made me gain weight, panic attacks. I didn’t know if I was going to have a heart attack. It’s like stabbing yourself with a knife every day. But I don’t I had no choice.”

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