Refrain from implementing IAAF’s testosterone rules on women athletes: WMA

Refrain from implementing IAAF’s testosterone rules on women athletes: WMA

The World Medical Association has reiterated its advice to physicians around the world to take no part in implementing new eligibility regulations for classifying female athletes.

The announcement came following the recent decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport supporting International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulations requiring women athletes with specific differences in sex development to medically reduce their natural blood testosterone.

The IAAF, in a controversial ruling last year, said hypoandrogenic athletes must suppress testosterone levels for at least six months before competing in any athletic events.

“We have strong reservations about the ethical validity of these regulations. They are based on weak evidence from a single study, which is currently being widely debated by the scientific community. They are also contrary to a number of key WMA ethical statements and declarations, and as such we are calling for their immediate withdrawal,” WMA President Dr Leonid Eidelman said in a statement.

Earlier, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) passed a South African-led resolution on ending discrimination against women and girls in sport.

 

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