Sprinter Dutee Chand will be a relieved person after four years of ordeal as she no longer falls in the purview of the new rules announced on Thursday by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) pertaining to female athletes who have high testosterone levels.
Dutee competes in 100m and 200m while the new rules cover races from 400m to the mile, including 400m, hurdles races, 800m, 1500m, one-mile races and combined events over the same distances.
The new rules, which the IAAF put under the heading ‘Difference of Sexual Development’ (DSD), will require athletes such as South Africa’s Olympic and world champion 800m runner Caster Semenya to reduce their blood testosterone levels if they want to compete internationally.
These new regulations, approved by the IAAF Council in March, will come into effect from November 1 and replace the previous Regulations Governing Eligibility of Females with Hyperandrogenism to Compete in Women’s Competition, which no longer apply anywhere in the sport, the IAAF said in a statement.
Dutee had fought a lone battle when she challenged the Hyperandrogenism Regulations of the IAAF at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in 2015 and won it. The CAS suspended the Hyperandrogenism Regulations for two years and asked the IAAF to furnish evidence in support of its policy.
IAAF Council member and Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwalla expressed happiness at the development. “I am very happy for Dutee. These new regulations will not affect her now unless she runs 400m. She runs in 100m and 200m and we don’t want her to run in 400m. These new regulations will replace the earlier Hyperandrogenism Regulations,” said Sumirawalla.
“Dutee is very happy at the development. She has suffered a lot. We have to see what happens of the case at the CAS,” her coach N Ramesh said from Hyderabad where she is currently training.