No gold for intersexed athletes? Gender-sheet for the IOC
By Dr. Oliver Tolemein
Published July 28th, 2012
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That the head of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge declared the opening address, the Games in London would be ”a major boost for gender eqality” is a nice irony. For weeks, the policy decisions on the basis of the officials, who may start as a woman and who is not criticized. The test, which earlier noninvasive gender series of tests replaces: after the athletes parade originally naked and undergo gynecological examinations had to be saliva samples were taken and it disclosed no more then what was tested in the sex test labs in fact, the IOC has now on the hormone “Testosterone” is concentrated. The IOC paper that was published a few weeks prior to opening of the Olympic Games states: “Female Intersex athletes awaken with increased androgen production associated with certain sports competition concerns, it is about the phenomenon of female hyperandrogenism.”
A study on ”female hyperandrogenism” may be inspected by a responsible physician of a National Olympic Committee, a member of the IOC Medical Commission or its Chairman under way. The Chairman of the Medical Commission must approve the procedure in any case. Then the athlete must submit all documents held to be relevant to hormone status, medical treatment history, medical diagnosis. It may then be a panel of experts assembled to request further information or require the use of certain tests can then determine whether the androgen, testosterone is taken for reference. “In the male range.” The whole process should not be publicly-run, the results are not published. Also a remedy before the Court is very limited sport: not carrying out the process itself can be attacked, but only a decision of an athlete will be suspended temporarily or permanently, or punished. The time to go to court is short: 21 days.
Kevin B. Wamsley for a sports historian at the University of Western Ontario, who was previously a director of the International Centre for Olympic Studies, the method is not acceptable “. It has much more to social values, but to do with science,” and he other critics bother by the fact that the core size to determine the competitive race, is whether there is a testosterone-value “male area” is: “But what is this? Who determines that? And by what right? “
Arne Ljungqvist, who heads the Medical Commission has defended the new process in a remarkable way: Whether they are here for a social development, because at the London games, there were more women who were to participate in the competitions than ever before and there would be more intersexed athletes who were to participate in competitions at a high level. “We can not pretend that there was no intersex people, and it may be unfair that they participate in the competitions of women.”
The idea that it is discriminatory vormallem keep intersexuals far removed from the competition is not yet come Lungqvist obvious: because the men are allowed to start after the directive only men.
One woman who has survived a very stigamtisierendes and still undisclosed method, at least de facto, the South African 800m runner Caster Semenya who will go to London at the start, after the flag of the South African team (we do not want time for team writing) as it feeds into the Olympic stadium could bear – a powerful gesture that the commitment to gender discrimination in sport by questionable tests may help you. After all, surprisingly, that the IOC, despite the obvious problem and the sharp criticism of its gender-testing policy in this case refused to talk and also wrote the greatest possible transparency on its banners. Maybe everything will be different if there will be more nation-states that recognize, such as Australia, officially, that there is more than just two sexes in humans.
Published July 2012