Received with many thanks to Dr Matija Mato Škerbić, University of Zagreb, Croatia, for his very generous review of our book!
“Summa summarum, Camporesi’s and McNamee’s book provides the range of the most relevant issues in and for contemporary sports, their critical and precise examination with many plausible solutions and anticipations gathers an impressive amount of previous research in the field, and thus, by connecting ‘yesterday’ with ‘today’, sets the proper ground for ‘tomorrow’. Unsurprisingly, it seems that “Bioethics, Genetics and Sport” has instantly become key reading and a central reference point for anyone who intends to enter the realm of sport bioethics. Moreover, in the last decade, the authors of the book has done a tremendous work, and have become a leading sport-bioethicists, as well as promoters of the field. This book is a sort of catalog cum melting pot of years of scientific endeavours, combining hardworking ethics with the highest-level quality, and deep love and care for sports. At the same time, it is also a confirmation of their status as the foremost authorities in the field.”
We also gratefully receive the critical comments and Škerbić’s invitation to engage more closely with the discussion of what kind of bioethics we are relying on – we look forward to being able to incorporate them in a future edition of the book.
On Sunday November 3rd at 4 pm I will be participating in a panel session at the Battle of Ideas Festival on Caster Semenya – Running into controversy: Genes, Gender and Sport:
I published a new paper for the Journal of Medical Ethics titled “When does an advantage become unfair? Empirical and normative concerns in Semenya’s case”.
Here’s the abstract:
There is a fundamental tension in many sports: human sex is not binary, but there are only two categories in which people can compete: male and female. Over the past 10 years, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulations have been at the centre of two notable legal disputes. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reached two contradictory rulings: in the first case (Dutee Chand vs Athletics Federation India and IAAF), the IAAF regulations for the eligibility of athletes to compete in the female category were suspended (24 July 2015) on grounds of “discrimination against the female category”; in the latter (Caster Semenya and Athletics South Africa vs IAAF), the regulations were reaffirmed (1 May 2019) on grounds that although discriminatory, they are necessary to maintain a “level playing field” and to “protect” the female category. Although Semenya’s case has paved the way for questioning existing gender norms in sport, a new stable norm has yet to emerge from her case. The pharmacological solution put forward by IAAF to the tension between fairness and inclusivity of bodies non-conforming to two sexes is not, however, the only possible solution/resolution to the case, as I aim to show in this paper. Here I present some reflections on this topic and suggest how CAS should approach the case if it hopes to resolve it.
The full text can be accessed here:
Drop me a line if you don’t have access and would like to get a copy of the paper.