As expected, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has adopted regulations based on maximum testosterone levels for women competing in Olympic events. From the New York Times:
The organization said the new regulations involve a test to see whether a woman’s natural testosterone levels fall within the normal range of a man, although the I.O.C. does not reveal what a man’s normal levels might be.
If a female athlete is found to have a condition known as hyperandrogenism, which involves an excessive production of androgens, she will not be allowed to compete as a woman. To be barred, the female must have hyperandrogenism that “confers a competitive advantage,” the I.O.C. said, which means the androgens produce strength, power and speed because the body is receptive to them.
We’ve already discussed why this policy sucks, and so we won’t go into much more detail here. The only positive element to come out of this is that unlike the IAAF (the world-governing body for Track and Field) policy addressing the same issue, the IOC policy is silent about forcing women to undergo hormonal or surgical treatments in order to compete in Olympic events. Regardless, I’m still horrified by this policy, and maintain that an athlete’s word regarding her gender should be enough to allow her to compete.