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Intersex athletes—re-examining gender verification in sport

Intersex athletes—re-examining gender verification in sport
Published on: 27 July 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Intersex athletes—re-examining gender verification in sport
  • What is the background to this issue and why has it proven controversial?
  • What did the IAAF study find and what impact might this have on the future participation of athletes whose gender has been called into question?
  • Will it have any impact on the World Championships taking place in London in August 2017?
  • What bearing might this study have on the so called IAAF ‘hyperandrogenism regulations’ which are currently suspended pending further evidence?

Article summary

Arbitration analysis: Caster Semenya, the female Olympic 800m champion, may be banned from future international competitions following a new study into the competitive advantages obtained by female athletes with very high levels of naturally occurring testosterone. Arran Dowling-Hussey, barrister at 33 Bedford Row Chambers in London, examines the background to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) study and discusses the implications for participation in sport. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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