It really is a sad state of affairs when Dutee Chand finds herself in a ‘Gender Case’ controversy just a few days before he has to compete in the Asian Athletics Championship in Bhubaneswar.
The IAAF has decided to revert back to the CAS with more evidence in its Hyperandrogenism Policy. On July 27, 2015, the CAS made an interim decision to suspend the world body’s Hyperandrogenism Regulations for a period of two years.
This was done so that the IAAF will get an opportunity to submit further evidence over the degree of performance advantage which hyperandrogenic female athletes over other athletes.
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“Funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency, the study describes and characterises serum androgen levels and studies their possible influence on athletic performance in both male and female elite athletes. The study analysed 2127 mass spectrometry-measured serum androgen concentrations obtained from elite athletes participating in the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Championships,” the IAAF said in the release.
It is said that female athletes with high testosterone levels have a 1.8% to 4.5% competitive advantage over other female athletes with a lower testosterone levels.
“The authors, Drs Stephane Bermon and Pierre-Yves Garnier, submitted the study for scientific peer review, and the article and related research has now been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine,” the world body said.
The 21 year old Dutee was disqualified in 2014 as the IAFF concluded that her body had an excess amount of male testosterone levels. Dutee complained and challenged the decision to ban her in 2014.
The CAS ruling of July 27,2015 had said that there was no clear evidence that her higher levels of testosterone had benefited her, which is why she was allowed to participate again.
Let us see what happens now!