IAAF first federation to introduce gender rules


By Play the Game
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) today announced the approval of a set of rules regarding the eligibility of female athletes with hyperandrogenism to compete in women’s competitions.

The implementation of the rules was triggered by the controversial aftermath of South African Caster Semanya’s 800m gold medal at the World Championships in Berlin 2009.

At a meeting today in Daegu the IAAf concluded 18 months of reviewing issues relating to female athletes with hyperandrogenism and their participation in athletics competitions.

The review has been conducted by a working group and in close cooperation with IOC Medical Commission and has now resulted in a set of rules, the first of its kind from any international federation.

The rules, many of which deal with the level of androgen which must be under the male range in order for a women to compete in international competition, will be published and come into effect by 1 May 2011.

The key principles of the new regulations can be found in the Press Release from IAAF.


  • Kristen W, 15.04.2011 11:45:
    “Despite the well documented sorry history of the medicalization of women, it medicalizes the definition of womanhood one more time, taking the expression of embodied gender identity out of the hands of the very humans involved, and setting up many other young people for the devastating treatment that Caster Semenya experienced. Moreover, it flies in the face of the overwhelming evidence of the tremendous homonal variability among humans.

    I will pursue a two-track strategy, while I am a high performance competitor I will abide by whatever policy is established, but as a human rights activist/educator I will join with others who believe that the Stockholm Consensus and the IOC/IAAF policies should be completely ABOLISHED and that anyone who self-identifies as a woman be allowed to compete as a woman.”

* required field

What is three plus seven?

Guidelines for posting
Play the Game promotes an open debate on sport and sports politics and we strongly encourage everyone to participate in the discussions on playthegame.org. But please follow these simple guidelines when you write a post:

  1. Please be respectful - even if you disagree strongly with certain viewpoints. Slanderous or profane remarks will not be posted.
  2. Please keep to the subject. Spam or solicitations of any kind will not be posted.

Use of cookies

The website www.playthegame.org uses cookies to provide a user-friendly and relevant website. Cookies provide information about how the website is being used or support special functions such as Twitter feeds. 

By continuing to use this site, you consent to the use of cookies. You can find out more about our use of cookies and personal data in our privacy policy.