Alice Dreger

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Caster Semenya, in green, competing in the women’s 800-meter final at the Commonwealth Games in Australia this month.CreditMark Schiefelbein/Associated Press

Caster Semenya, the South African middle-distance runner, is the world champion in the women’s 800 meters. But because of new regulations unveiled on Thursday by the International Association of Athletics Federations, she’ll never be able to win that race on the global stage again as a woman — unless she submits to medical procedures to alter her body.

The regulations, which are to take effect in November, mandate that women athletes with naturally elevated testosterone levels, like Semenya, cannot compete in any races between 400 meters and a mile unless they undergo endocrine treatments or surgery to bring those levels down into what is judged to be the “acceptable” range for females.…  Seguir leyendo »

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand recently secured the right to compete as a woman, even though her natural level of testosterone may exceed international track and field regulations for female athletes. Missing from news reports on Chand's "win" at the international Court of Arbitration for Sport is one key fact: The ruling has left Chand and others like her vulnerable because it specifies that, given new scientific evidence, the court might yet accept some biological marker as a legitimate means to determine which women can and cannot play.

Put otherwise, the court might yet decide it's in the business of adjudicating who's really a woman and who's not.…  Seguir leyendo »