Court Rules Female Athletes Must Suppress Testosterone Levels to Compete

Today, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled to uphold a controversial International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rule that restricts testosterone levels in runners, specifically female runners, through the use of testosterone suppressing medication. The court ruled that the rule is discriminatory, but “such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable, and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics.” However, the court also expressed “serious concerns” about the implementation of the rule, including the possibility of serious side effects for the athletes. “The side effects of hormonal treatment, experienced by individual athletes could, with further evidence, demonstrate the practical impossibility of compliance which could, in turn, lead to a different conclusion as to the proportionality of the DSD Regulations.” This ruling was released after Caster Semanya, a two-time Olympic track and field champion from South Africa, appealed the IAAF’s controversial rules to the court.  These rules were designed to specifically target women like her who naturally produce higher levels of testosterone. These ruled were put into place in response to what is believed to be Semenya’s intersex condition that produces more testosterone and the IAAF believes that “heightened testosterone levels could improve performance […]

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