IAAF Hyperandrogenism Regulations (suspended 2015) and Caster Semenya’s case

Here you can download the original IAAF documents on Hyperandrogenism Regulations (they have been taken off website since suspension of regulation in July 2015 following CAS ruling)

IAAF guidelines Eligibility Hyperandrogenism May 2011

IAAF Hyperandrogenism Regulations – Appendices

casterSome of my recent academic work can be found here:

Op-eds can be found here:

And you can find some of my early academic work on Caster Semenya here:

My work on Caster Semenya has been quoted in mainstream media and other professional outlets. In 2016:

“A flickering flame: is the Olympics ideal dead?” My contribution to BBC World Service Newshour Extra

This BBC Newshourextra episode was broadcast on July 29th/20th/31st.

You can download the podcast (mp3) here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04263n3flickering flame

“The important thing in life is not to win but to take part, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well”. So said the founder of the modern Olympic movement, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, at the end of the 19th Century. How does his noble ideal fit with the modern phenomena of professionalism, doping, individual financial gain, nationalistic pride, huge corporate sponsorship? Is the Olympic ideal still alive? In this week’s edition of the programme, as the Rio Games approach, join Owen Bennett Jones and his guests as they discuss the present and future of the Olympics”.


Andrew Steele – British Olympic 400m athlete at Beijing 2008 games

David Goldblatt – Author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics

Dr Silvia Camporesi – Lecturer in Bioethics and Society at King’s College London.

Professor Andy Miah – Chair in Science, Communication & Future Media at the University of Salford

Pat Myhill – Director of Operations for the UK Anti-Doping agency, UKAD

AEON Idea: “The solution to doping is to extend the blame beyond athletes”

In this AEON Idea, published on July 21st, and written in collaboration with the London Health & Society Hub, James Knuckles and I argue that the only way to make professional sports sustainable in the longer term and solve the problem of widespread doping is to transform the financial matrix that supports and endorses it.

How can we do that?

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Richard Virenque of the Festina team in the 1995 Tour de France. Photo by Anders/Flickr.



We can start with the idea that athletes should not be the only ones held to account (in the sense of liability) for doping. In practice, this means changing WADA’s system of strict liability for the athlete. To do so, we first need a stakeholder analysis to understand who the relevant stakeholders are for each team, athlete or sport. WADA could require teams or individual athletes and their entourages to submit something akin to a classic organisational chart, showing who reports to whom, who pays whom, and who makes decisions for whom.

The next step would be to assign liability to the appropriate stakeholder(s). Here, we think that the individuals identified through the stakeholder analysis as possessing the most power or control over the ‘organisation’ should be held personally liable for the doping of the athlete(s) under their control. In some cases, the organisations themselves will have corporate responsibility.

You can read the full piece here:


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