CAS Suspends the IAAF Regulations on Hyperandrogenism until end of September 2017
Further to an Interim Award issued on 24 July 2015 in the arbitration procedure between Dutee Chand, the Athletics Federation of India and the IAAF, the Court of Arbitration for sport (CAS) Panel has suspended the IAAF Regulations on Hyperandrogenism for an additional two months – until end of September 2017 – in order to give the IAAF the opportunity to provide the CAS with scientific evidence about the quantitative relationship between enhanced testosterone levels and improved athletic performance in hyperandrogenic athletes. Should the IAAF not file any scientific evidence within that time, the Regulations will be declared void.
The Regulations aimed at preserving fair competition by ‘requiring [androgenic] athletes either to show that they are androgen-resistant (and so derive no advantage from their elevated levels of testosterone)’ or else bring those levels below 10 nmol/L (normal female range of serum testosterone being approximately 0.1 – 2.8 nmol/L; normal male range, above 10.5 nmol/L).
During the extended suspension, Ms Dutee Chand remains eligible to compete in both national and international level athletics events.
The CAS Media Release can be found here.
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