The New York Times
Sex-Verification Policy Is Criticized as a Failure
By JULIET MACUR
Published: June 25, 2012
The International Olympic Committee’s new policy regarding who is eligible to compete as a female athlete is a veiled sex-verification test that fails in its objective to protect the integrity of women’s events at the Games, critics of the regulations said Monday.
Kevin B. Wamsley, a professor of sport history at the University of Western Ontario who has written about the issue of sex testing in sports, called the new policy a farce.
He said the policy was not an improvement on the invasive sex-verification testing to which Caster Semenya, the South African runner, was subjected in 2009 after winning the world championships in the 800 meters.
“No matter what they call it, it’s still a sex test that’s all about judgments and so much more about social values than science,” said Wamsley, the former director of the International Centre for Olympic Studies. “They don’t need this test, and I think they should get rid of it.”
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Published June 2012