As many of you know, in July of 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted the IAAF's rules on hyperandrogenism as the court said there was no scientific proof that high testosterone in female athletes with internal testicles provided a competitive advantage.
The court suspended the IAAF's regulations that set a limit on the testosterone limits of female athletes and gave the IAAF two years to come up with proof. The IAAF got an extension but got back to the court last September with "expert reports and legal submissions." Interestingly, the IAAF response included new proposed regulations "that would only apply to female track events over distances of between 400 metres and one mile."
CAS has now looked everything over and wants more information. So everything is still suspended for 6 more months while they wait for the IAAF "to advise the CAS as to how it intends to implement its regulations moving forward."
It will be interesting to see if the IAAF will able to prevail. Remember, many who are following this closely initially thought it would be a tough hurdle as CAS wants to see proof of a 10% gain. Apparently they still want that type of proof. Some think that by limiting it to 400-1500 the IAAF is clearly going after a singular athlete (Semenya).
And it should be remembered, not everyone feels about this issue like we do at LRC. Some view the regulations as a violation of Semenya's human rights. Our belief is that the regulations are important for the survival of women's sports and that a human doesn't have a right to be a professional athlete, particularly in a protected category.
The press release from CAS is here: