IAAF study: Women with high testosterone have competitive advantage

IAAF study: Women with high testosterone have competitive advantage
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Published July 4th, 2017 - 16:39 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Women with a higher testosterone level have a competitive advantage in certain athletics events, the ruling body IAAF said on Tuesday, citing a study on hyperandrogenism published the previous day.

Analysing the 2011 and 2013 world championships, authors Stephane Bermon and Pierre-Ives Garnier said that "women with high free testosterone levels have a significant advantage over those with low free testosterone in 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m, hammer throw and pole vault."

The IAAF had commissioned the study after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), ruling in 2015 on the case of Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, suspended the IAAF's hyperandrogenism rules for two years and said it would scrap them unless the IAAF provided more evidence.

The IAAF had introduced the rules in which the testosterone level was capped. Women with a testosterone level which was too high could reduce it below the limit through medication.

Chand contested the rule after being dropped from India's team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games over hyperandrogenism.

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