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Jon Bardin in the LA Times on Olympic sex testing

Jon Bardin in the LA Times on Olympic sex testing

Jon Bardin writes in two well-researched articles in the Los Angeles Times on sex testing in the Olympics. In “Olympic Games and the tricky science of telling men from women” he writes on the experience of Spanish athlete Maria Jose Martinez-Patiño, who recently co-wrote a paper on sex testing with OII global chair, Hida Viloria:…
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Petition the IOC on sex testing of women athletes

Petition the IOC on sex testing of women athletes

We strongly support this petition to the IOC on sex testing of woman athletes. With only a few days before the Olympics start, with all eyes turning to London, we have to show the International Olympic Committee that not even they have the right to tell someone that who they are is wrong – that…
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New Scientist: “Rip up new Olympic sex test rules”

New Scientist: “Rip up new Olympic sex test rules”

Katrina Karkazis and Rebecca Jordan-Young write on testosterone testing in women athletes in the New Scientist Magazine on 23 July 2012: Even if a decisive link had been established, should it be viewed as any different to other biological advantages broadly accepted in some elite athletes? For example, several runners have mitochondrial conditions that enhance…
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DailyLife: “Are you female enough for the Olympics?”

DailyLife: “Are you female enough for the Olympics?”

Consigned to the women’s interest pages of the Sydney Morning Herald, rather than front page sports news two days earlier, journalist Clementine Ford writes a more insightful piece on Usanakorn, that we commend: The IAAF have … instituted a policy that dictates women with naturally occurring testosterone deemed ‘too high’ will be required to either…
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Herald: “Doubts raised over boxer’s gender”

Herald: “Doubts raised over boxer’s gender”

It feels like groundhog day in sport news, with a headline report by Cameron Houston in the Sydney Morning Herald on “suspicious” levels of testosterone in an elite Thai woman boxer: A FEMALE boxer from Thailand recorded “highly suspicious” levels of testosterone before a world title fight in Melbourne on Friday night, again plunging the…
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Caster Semenya: “Too Fast To Be A Woman?”

Caster Semenya: “Too Fast To Be A Woman?”

Maxx Ginnane’s documentary on Caster Semanya aired on SBS Australia this evening, and is still available on demand for 15 days. The documentary tracks the difficult time leading up to a decision by the IAAF on whether she could run again after she was suspended once her sex was called into question. It’s an excellent…
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