Dutee Chand wins appeal as IAAF ‘gender test’ rule suspended

Dutee Chand wins appeal as IAAF ‘gender test’ rule suspended

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has been cleared to race after failing a hormone test last year.

19-year-old Chand won her appeal against the ban, as a landmark ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) questioned the validity of so-called gender tests around naturally high testosterone levels in female athletes. CAS suspended the International Association of Athletics Federations' "hypoandrogenism" rules for two years. CAS also ruled that the IAAF must create a procedure where athletes should not be excluded from being able to compete in one of the female or male categories for having "natural and unaltered" bodies. Concerns were also expressed over the lack of evidence proving the degree of competitive advantage that a hyperandrogenic athlete would possess. 

The IAAF said its regulations had been adopted "following a lengthy and comprehensive consultation exercise" with the International Olympic Committee abd would meet swiftly "to discuss how best to address this interim ruling".

Chand is the first athlete to challenge the regulations, introduced after Caster Semenya was asked to take a gender test before winning the 800m at the 2009 World Athletics Championships.

The full CAS decision can be found here