Testosterone rules for female athletes ‘unscientific’

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By Lorlornyofm March 22, 2019 08:54

Testosterone rules for female athletes ‘unscientific’

South African athlete Caster Semenya has been prevented from competing for nearly a yearImage caption: South African athlete Caster Semenya has been prevented from competing for nearly a year

New rules to reduce naturally high testosterone levels in female athletes have been branded “unscientific”.

Last year, athletics chiefs ruled women with levels of five nanomoles per litre or more must have hormone treatment before being allowed to compete.

But experts, reporting in the British Medical Journal, say there is a lack of evidence about testosterone’s effects and the cut-off figure is arbitrary.

A decision on the legality of the rules is expected later this month.

The International Association of Athletics Federations delayed implementing its regulations after South African runner Caster Semenya contested the legality of the new rules.

She was banned from international competitions for nearly a year for having testosterone levels above the athletics body’s limit for female athletes.

World athletics bosses have previously said they want to protect the sanctity of fair and open competition.

BBC

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