Better late than never, one could say. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced yesterday that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulations on Hyperandrogenism have been suspended until further evidence can be provided.
The assumption of the IAAF regulations is that hyperandrogenism -- a genetic variation where female individuals produce high levels of testosterone -- provides an unfair advantage and disrupts the level playing field. This assumption is wrong.
According to the new IOC rules, the test won't be administered to all female athletes but only when "the chief medical officer of a national Olympic committee or a member of the IOC's medical commission requests it." This will disadvantage any woman perceived as not sufficiently feminine.
In the field of prenatal diagnosis this has become a holy grail of sorts, with researchers chasing a reliable test, and diagnostics companies lapping at their heels to bring the tests to market and reap the financial rewards.
Recently I have held some interesting conversations stemming from the debate about California's Prop 8. Specifically, if the law defines the state of matrimony to be legal only between a man and a woman, how does the law define a man and a woman?