There is a somewhat surprising development in sport: The International Olympic Committee has recommended the creation of "special medical centers" that would handle sex verification cases for athletes, reports the AP. The development follows the global publicity surrounding South African runner Caster Semenya, who was ordered to submit to gender tests after she won the 800 meters at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships last summer.
The IOC wants rules put into place by sports bodies to determine the eligibility to compete on a "case by case" basis for athletes whose gender is called into question. The IOC organized a two-day conference with medical specialists in Miami to consider guidelines for handling sex verification cases...The IOC will consult with lawyers and its own athletes' commission to help establish specific guidelines. Among the key conclusions was a proposal to set up health centers where experts would diagnose and treat athletes with what are known as "disorders of sex development."
The results of complex gender tests were leaked last summer that revealed Semenya is intersexed with internal testes and no uterus or ovaries. Several South African sports officials, who were dismissed, were aware of Semenya's medical condition but did not tell her. Semenya was allowed to keep her gold medal.
In related news: There is some confusion over if Caster Semenya will be allowed to compete in her country's upcoming athletics season. Earlier this week CNN reported Semenya would be ineligible for competition until the investigation has been completed. The track star's attorneys' dispute that report and claim Semenya "has not been disqualified", reports SA's TIMES LIVE. It does seem, however, that the attorneys may be arguing semantics.
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