Hyperandrogenic athletes don't have competitive advantage - expert

Caster Semenya has been under scrutiny during the Rio Olympics with some runners even stating that athletes who are hyperandrogenic should compete separately.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) believes that hyperandrogenic athletes, as well as Semenya, should not be allowed to compete unless they take action to suppress their naturally high testosterone levels.

Dr Silvia Camporesi, Lecturer for Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London, who has been writing about Semenya since 2009, says she doesn't think Semenya has an advantage over other athletes.

She says the court of arbitration for sport dismissed the IAAF's appeal against hyperandrogenic athletes, saying they didn't have enough evidence. Camporesi says it was not proper for the court of arbitration for sport to suspend the regulations only on the basis that there was not enough evidence.

She says they could have asked them to go back and collect more evidence, proving exactly how much of an advantage hyperandrogenic runners had over everyone else.

These advantages are in part logical genetical variation and in part how they train, their mental toughness and other characteristics that makes them elite athletes

Dr Silvia Camporesi, Lecturer for Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

I have been writing that there is no morally relevant difference between other genetical and biological variations and increased testosterone.

Dr Silvia Camporesi, Lecturer for Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

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