IOC Condcuts Conference For Gender Cases

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In the wake of the Caster Semenya gender controversy, the International Olympic Committee is in the process of convening a panel of medical experts to draw up a set of guidelines for future issues surrounding gender ambiguity.  In the past the IOC conducted gender testing, but testing stopped before the 2000 Sydney Games as they were found to be unscientific and unethical.  “Our intention is to look at the state-of-the-art science and see whatwe should recommend to sport when it comes to cases like that,”IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist told to the Associated Press on Tuesday. “The general recommendation is obvious — they shouldbe treated as medical cases in compliance with up-to-date procedures.But we have to be more specific in telling the sports people what thatactually means and what they should do.”

–Alison Kelman

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