Here We Go Again: Another Major Error Found in a Peer-Reviewed Paper Used to Support the IAAF Regulations of Female Athletes

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Last month at the French Embassy in Washington, DC, I participated in a day-long session on the regulation of female athletes, following the recent decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to uphold the IAAF regulations targeted at Caster Semenya and others. During the session, Stéphane Bermon  of the IAAF and a chief architect of the regulations, relied heavily on a new literature review by Clark et al. 2019 in the journal Clinical Endocrinology – a group of scientists associated with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency – to argue that testosterone levels between males and females do not overlap.

It turns out. Clark et al. 2019 is fatally flawed. I have been in touch with Clark et al. and the editor of the journal for the past six weeks. Read on for the details, which I am publicizing for the first time today.

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Talk: Failures of Scientific Integrity in IAAF Regulatory Policy Making

Here are the slides (in PDF) from my talk given at the French Embassy in Washington, DC earlier this week. I also shared it as a Twitter talk, linked above and here.

Comments welcomed.

Caster Semenya ruling: sports federation is flouting ethics rules

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I have a Worldview column in Nature on the flouting of research and medical ethics guidelines by the IAAF in its rush to eliminate certain women from elite sport.

While controversy swirls around issues of sport, sex, gender and fairness, another crucial issue is being overlooked: in my view, such athletes are in effect being asked to act as guinea pigs in medical research, but without the oversight or qualifications that society demands.

Read the whole thing for free here.