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  • IAAF's definition of female

    How is IAAF deciding who is a female vs. male? Reading about it, the scientific definition is evolving- used to be XX = female, then presence of Y = male, then SRY gene = male. If you add in consideration of how much secondary male characteristics person is allowed to have if you have Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, it seems like a mess. Some reports says you have to be "100% female" to compete as a woman, but female according to what definition? Does IAAF have a definition of who gets to compete as a woman? It seems they are deciding on a case by case based on the decision of "expert panels".

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    The potential for opening a pretty big can of worms is out there for sure.

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