In Good Conscience

New IAAF ruling on testosterone may do more harm than good

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), still reeling from so many doping issues, has decided to compel some female athletes to take drugs that chemically lowers the testosterone levels they were born with.

This, the IAAF claims, will level the field in races from 400m to 1,500m, where its evidence shows that there is a performance advantage in female athletes found to have mixed male and female characteristics.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'New IAAF ruling on testosterone may do more harm than good'. Print Edition | Subscribe