Relief for Dutee Chand as IAAF sets new ‘gender’ Policy

Bhubaneswar:  New rules for female athletes with high natural testosterone levels set by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) gave a major relief to Odisha’s ace sprinter Duttee Chand.

The IAAF announced new rules regarding the ‘Regulations Governing Eligibility of Females with Hyperandrogenism to compete in Women’s Competition’ on Thursday.  The new regulations will come into effect from November 1.

According to new  rules, the IAAF  disallowed female athletes having ‘testosterone’ level above the permissible limit in their body from participating only in  races from 400m to the mile, including 400m, 800m, 1500m, hurdles races, one-mile races and combined events over the same distances.

Notably, Dutee was dropped down from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2015, as her testosterone levels was higher than the IAAF’s guidelines. She had challenged the guidelines legally and Lausanne-based court had suspended the governing International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) regulations regarding hyperandrogenism for two years.

Expressing her happiness Dutee wrote on her social media page, “I am pleased that I am free to compete the way I was born. Fighting the prior regulations was exhausting and I am excited to be able to focus on my training and competition without this distraction. I do not wish to see anyone else go through the process that I had to go through or be scrutinized the way that I was. My heart goes out to all the women who are targeted by the new regulation. I hope they have the strength and courage to endure and follow a path that is true to their heart.”

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