Dutee's 'gender case' to be re-opened, IAAF to return to CAS
Just a day before she is to compete at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand's 'gender case' has hit the headlines with the IAAF deciding to return to the CAS with more evidence in support of its Hyperandrogenism Policy.
On July 27, 2015, in a Court of Arbitration for Sport case between Chand and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and the International Athletics Association (IAAF), the CAS made an interim decision to suspend the world body's Hyperandrogenism Regulations for a period of two years. It was done in order to provide the IAAF with an opportunity to submit further evidence as to the degree of performance advantage that hyperandrogenic female athletes have over athletes with normal testosterone levels.
After the CAS partially upheld her appeal in an interim order two years back, Chand was allowed to "continue to compete" till a final decision was given by the CAS on her appeal against IAAF's hyperandrogenism policy. Now that the IAAF has decided to pursue the case again, Dutee's appeal against the world body's hyperandrogenism policy will be in the limelight with many activists in India and abroad opposing it, terming it as a case of 'gender bias'. The IAAF, however, made it clear that the Hyperandrogenism Regulations remain suspended pending the resolution of the CAS proceedings and its decision to return to the top court of world sports will have no impact on the IAAF World Championships, to be held in London.