“I’m thrilled,” Karkazis said. She said she was also surprised. “I didn’t think it was our time. I thought there were still too many entrenched ideas about testosterone being a ‘male hormone’ and it not belonging in women.”
The ruling suspends the IAAF’s testing regimen for two years, but Karkazis expects the decision will lead to permanent changes in women’s #sports, including a reevalution by the International Olympic Committee.
She served as an advisor to 19-year-old sprinter Dutee Chand, who challenged the regulation that #female athletes must have certain testosterone levels or undergo medical interventions to lower their testosterone to be allowed to compete against women in events governed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the international regulatory body of track and field.
Katrina Karkazis, PhD, a Stanford senior research scholar who was closely involved with the case, got the news on Friday, while she was in a San Francisco dog park. “What a day!” she said. “I was madly refreshing my email — I thought we were going to lose… I just started screaming and crying.”
Female track and field athletes no longer need to have their natural testosterone levels below a certain threshold to compete in international events, the so-called “Supreme Court of sports”, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, ruled Monday.