IOC To Set Guidelines for ambiguous sexual characteristics

Reports reaching confirms that Chairman of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) medical commission, Arne Ljungqvist has said that the rules on gender determination will be issued soon to help resolve an issue that gained global attention with the dispute involving South African runner Caster Semenya.

According to Ljungqvist, the rules will apply for the 2012 London Olympics and also serve as recommendations for all international federations to follow in their own sports. 

“What we are aiming at is finding ways to establish rules and regulations for participation… in female competition,” Ljungqvist said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I am hopeful we will arrive at that.”

He however declined to give details of the recommendations, saying they are still under consideration and will likely be submitted for approval to the IOC executive board in January.

The IOC is working with track and field’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, which is to review the gender issue at its council meeting this weekend in Monaco.

They will hopefully have some general principles approved,” Ljungqvist said. “This needs to be a step-by-step procedure. Our hope is that, in the end, we will be able to clarify this whole matter to the satisfaction of the sports community,” he added

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