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Sprinter Dutee Chand gets reprieve from CAS in gender controversy

Lausanne: Indian sprinter Dutee Chand (right), at the centre of a gender controversy, has been cleared to compete for the next two years after a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday.

Dutee Chand
Dutee Chand

CAS said it would wait for more clarification from governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) about Chand’s hyperandrogenism before taking any further steps.

Chand, India’s U-18 100m champion, was diagnosed with hyperandrogenism, a condition which produces high testosterone levels which was against IAAF’s gender rules. Chand, the daughter of poor weavers, was barred from last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after showing elevated levels of testosterone.

However, CAS has asked IAAF to scientifically prove the relationship between enhanced testosterone levels and improved performance in hyperandrogenic athletes. During that time Chand, the first athlete to challenge the rules, can compete.

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