The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is reportedly planning on approaching the Court of Arbitration for Sport to ask it to reinstate its previous stance on athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone, also known as hyperandrogenism.
The Guardian reports that the federation wants the tribunal to impel hyperandrogenic athletes to take action to artificially suppress their levels of testosterone.
The turnabout by the IAAF apparently happened just two hours before South African gold medal winner, Caster Semenya, raced in the 800m final on Saturday at the Rio Olympic Games.
The federations’ president Sebastian Coe announced that they strongly believed the court would reconsider their arguments, a year after new regulations were introduced.
We will take the case back to the Court of Arbitration, and it will be a good case based on medical and scientific advice, and I don’t think there is a great deal more that I can say other than every athlete who is eligible to be here should be here, and that is what we are witnessing. – Sebastian Coe.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport changed its stance on the matter in 2015 following a challenge by India’s fastest woma Dutee Chand, who argued she was entitled to run and compete without artificially changing her body’s hormonal levels.
The Court of Arbitration said at the time there was no evidence that testosterone gave athletes an unfair advantage.
Semenya has received a lot of scrutiny by officials and the international media during the Olympic games because of her high levels of testosterone, with many asking if she should be allowed to compete in women’s races.