Bhubaneswar: In a major blow to ace sprinter Dutee Chand, the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) announced in a press release on Tuesday that it will return to the Committee of Arbitration on Sports (CAS) with more evidence in support of its Hyperandrogenism Policy.
However the decision of the world body will not prevent the 21-year-old sprinter from participating in the Asian Athletics Championship in Bhubaneswar, starting from July 5. The medal hopeful will compete in three categories in the championship — 100 metres, 200 metres and 4X100 metres relay race.
Odia girl Dutee was disqualified in 2014 by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) as per IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy after tests revealed that her body produced natural levels of testosterone above permissible range. She challenged the regulations and the decision of the AFI to ban her in September 2014.
After the CAS partially upheld her appeal in an interim order two years back, Chand was allowed to “continue to compete” till a final decision was given by the CAS on her appeal against IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy.