Olympians with High Testosterone Levels

Written by Henry Young. Posted in Sports

The young athlete, who is now competing well at Rio Games, usually considered being a girl who prefers to run. Now the leading body of track as well as field told that she was different, much different that the track career can get over.

An outline on confidential letter

Marked as “confidential” also signed as “best sporting,” the letter also outlined the complete choice for an athlete: To be open herself for the panel of some medical experts who suggested surgery and chemical treatment for reducing the level of testosterone, or to stop competing. The question that flow high was if she is taking testosterone boosters to enhance the level of testosterone or it was inbuilt?

Often, she had fallen with foul from the rules of International Association of Athletics that aimed to provide a fair field for women to play by keeping the athletes with high level of testosterone, which is a strength-building hormone that occurs naturally.

Writing to a person who ran field and track in country of athlete, the medical director of IAAF explained that urine and blood tests detected the levels of testosterone were “abnormally high” specifically for a woman. However, suspected cause, as written by Dr. Gabriel Dolle, wasn’t also doping but other issues of hot-button in athletics which is possible to flare in the final week of Rio Olympics.

Had an athlete not been the runner, she possibly might never ever know of her specific condition. It got flagged by test of IAAF that looks for the banned drugs. She got completely stunned as well as perplexed when told about testosterone that pointed to hyperandrogenism, and her coach also told this to The Associated Press.

Medical scrutiny

Hence, started with the long process go for months of medical scrutiny and trips to the foreign clinics for tests, and life-changing options that shrouded in the world of medical secrecy which make it difficult to investigate about the treatment of IAAF of hyperandrogenic women.

What AP says about it?

Associated Press will also not name the athlete and the country where she is competing mainly for and the give details, consisting the achievements of racing, that can help to identify her. In the messages with AP, she also said that she is now focusing on the competition and her story is private and personal.

The letter of IAAF and an exclusive interview with AP along with former coach that was involved intimately in her decision to always agree to the treatment of curbing testosterone, shed the unprecedented light on inner workings of process of IAAF that minimum 14 women have also gone through.

The first race of Semenya

It was not known publicly about the number of hyperandrogenic women competing in the Rio Olympics. But as per the study which was published in the year 2014 by Dolle as well as various other medical experts also have calculated 7 among 1,000 premium female athletes might be hyperandrogenic, that are 140 times more than the expected among common people. Hyperandrogenism is basically medical condition that causes a person for producing high levels of hormones which can also be caused by the differences in the sexual development.

Legal Challenge

Not having withstood with the legal challenge that was brought by other female athlete at CAS or  Court of Arbitration, the regulations of IAAF are now kept on hold and suspended by CAS ever since July 2015. It means that hyperandrogenic women will be able to compete in Rio devoid of artificially needing to control the levels of testosterone.

The case of CAS was brought through Dutee Chand, the Indian sprinter that also challenged the entire rules once she got suspended, and also who, like Semenya, even saw the intimate medical details that become silage for the public debate.