The SA Medical Association (Sama) has thrown its weight behind calls by the World Medical Association (WMA) that physicians around the world take no part in implementing the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) new eligibility regulations for classifying female athletes.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport is expected to rule tomorrow on double Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya’s challenge to the IAAF rule.
The WMA noted that the regulations from the IAAF required women athletes with specific differences in sex development to medically reduce their natural blood testosterone level if they wished to continue racing as women in a few restricted events.
The WMA referred to Semenya, who has had to undergo gender verification testing to confirm her eligibility to compete in the women’s division.
At the WMA Council meeting in Santiago, Chile, last week, the association demanded the immediate withdrawal of the regulations.