News 1st April 2015

CAS allows Chand to compete ahead of final eligibility ruling

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will allow Dutee Chand to compete at the 21st Asian Athletics Championships, 3-7 June 2015, pending the issue of a final award in her case against her ban by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). Chand is appealing against a ban implemented by the AFI due to failing to comply with guidelines on testosterone levels introduced by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Her CAS hearing took place 23 to 26 March 2015.

‘Ms. Chand was previously permitted to compete at all national-level events, pending the issuance of a final award by the CAS’, read a CAS statement. ‘No date has been set for the communication of the final award yet’. Chand’s appeal is backed by the Sports Authority of India.

The AFI wrote to Chand on 29 August 2014 to inform her that she had been banned for failing to comply with the IAAF guidelines, after she was unexpectedly not included in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games team or Asian Games team. The AFI ban is based on Article 3(b) of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Regulations on Female Hyperandrogenism, which require National Olympic Committees to ‘actively investigate any perceived deviation in sex characteristics’; and Article 6.5 of the IAAF’s Regulations Governing Eligibility of Females with Hyperandrogenism to Compete in Women’s Competition. These mandate that a female is only eligible to compete in a women’s competition if she has androgen levels that fall outside of the male range, or that she has androgen levels within the male range, but can establish that she derives no competitive advantage from such levels. The IAAF Regulations state that the normal male range of total testosterone is considered as ≥10nmol/L.

The IAAF Regulations on Hyperandrogenism were published on 1 May 2014. The IAAF argues that if such rules are not in place, they could face challenges from other female athletes concerned that they are being placed at an unfair disadvantage.

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