IAAF releases new rules for women with hyperandrogenism to compete in the Olympics.

On May 1, 2011, new international rules that determine whether certain female athletes can compete in the 2012 London Olympics have just gone into effect.
“After a lengthy review, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has decided that female athletes with unusually high androgen levels, a condition known as hyperandrogenism, will be banned from competition unless they undergo surgery or take drugs to lower their testosterone levels. This new policy comes as a response to Caster Semenya, the South African runner whose gender was called into question by fellow athletes at the Berlin Athletics Track &Field Championships in 2009″.
This excerpt comes from “When gender isn’t a given” , a short piece signed by Silvia Camporesi and Katrina Karkazis from Stanford Centre of Biomedical Ethics, which has just been published as an op-ed on the San Jose’ Mercury News.
Those interested in topic could also read, by Katrina Karkazis: Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience, published for Duke University Press in 2008, and by Silvia Camporesi and Paolo Maugeri: Caster Semenya: sport, categories, and the creative role of ethics., a brief report appeared on the Journal of Medical Ethics in 2010.

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