Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Kristen Worley is to present her human rights case against sport’s regulations on transitioning athletes at Play The Game 2017 in Eindhoven on Tuesday 28 November. On 18 July, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recognised that policies originating from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had infringed the rights of Worley, potentially opening the doors for hundreds of other athletes to stake their claim before a court of law, outside of sport’s closed judicial system.
Worley and Andy Brown, Editor of The Sports Integrity Initiative, will outline how policies originating with the IOC’s Stockholm Consensus were not based on science. Worley and Brown will also outline how despite overwhelming scientific evidence, sport is still today attempting to argue that natural (endogenous) testosterone levels are the primary driver of sporting performance.
The presentation will also outline how policies based on this myth have resulted in hundreds of female athletes being declared ineligible, medically harmed and their sexuality called into question – simply for something their body naturally produces. It will include some high profile examples, as well as a few horror stories, illustrating how important Worley’s case is in getting sport to recognise that the rights of athletes have been infringed. They will be followed by Brendan Schwab, Executive Director of the World Players Association, who will outline the implications that Worley’s case has for the rights of athletes in sport.
For a detailed outline of Worley’s case, click here. As preparation for the presentation, Worley and Brown will cycle the 140 kilometres from Hoek van Holland to Eindhoven for the opening of Play The Game, which takes place from 26-29 November. Worley is an ex-professional cyclist and diversity advisor. Brown is a journalist…
A full programme for Play The Game is available here. High profile speakers include:
• Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is the local organising committee for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar;
• Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA);
• Dick Pound, IOC Member & WADA’s founding President;
• Richard McLaren, who produced the Independent Person (IP) Reports into systemic Russian doping for WADA;
• Hajo Seppelt, German investigative journalist.
The Sports Integrity Initiative will post regular updates from Play The Game. To stay informed on developments throughout the conference, follow The Sports Integrity Initiative on Twitter, and also the #PTG2017 hashtag.
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