Dutee Chand, Indian sprinter had been barred by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on having naturally high levels of testosterone. She had challenged this rule by the international governing body that barred her from competing with other women. IAAF had contemplated that this gave Dutee an advantage over other female athletes.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, delivered its verdict in favour of Dutee Chand and lifted the ban imposed on her. The court in its ruling stated that the level of natural testosterone in an athlete’s body is insufficient to bar her from competing against females.
The barring of Dutee Chand by IAAF was based on the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism rule, that requires female athletes to have naturally occurring testosterone levels below 10 nanomoles per litre, the lower end of the average male range for the hormone. Other international sports bodies adopted the rule as well, and it was implemented at the 2012 Olympics in London.
FULL TEXT OF THE ARBITRAL AWARD : Dutee Chand v. Athletics Federation of India (AFI) & The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)