The IAAF said female athletes with high testosterone levels, such as Caster Semenya, would be welcome to compete with male athletes in the 400m hurdles, 800m and 1,500m.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) says the difference of sexual development (DSD) athletes such as Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya can enter men’s athletics events if they refuse to take suppressants to regulate their testosterone levels.
The World Medical Association (WMA) has asked physicians around the world to take no part in implementing the Eligibility Regulations [link] for Female Classification (Athlete with Differences of Sexual Development).
They cited weak evidence and questioned the validity of the evidence.
In a statement, WMA president Dr Leonid Eidelman, said: “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.
“It is in general considered as unethical for physicians to prescribe treatment for excessive endogenous testosterone if the condition is not recognized as pathological.”
The IAAF responded by saying their methods and reasoning are well thought out and not unethical. [EWN]