Gender Verification in Competitive Sports

  title={Gender Verification in Competitive Sports},
  author={Joe Leigh Simpson and Arne Ljungqvist and Albert de la Chapelle and Malcolm Andrew Ferguson-Smith and Myron Genel and Alison Carlson and Anke Ehrhardt and Elizabeth A. Ferris},
  journal={Sports Medicine},
SummaryThe possibility that men might masquerade as women and be unfair competitors in women’s sports is accepted as outrageous by athletes and the public alike. Since the 1930s, media reports have fuelled claims that individuals who once competed as female athletes subsequently appeared to be men. In most of these cases there was probably ambiguity of the external genitalia, possibly as a result of male pseudohermaphroditism. Nonetheless, beginning at the Rome Olympic Games in 1960, the… 
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Gender verification in the Olympics.
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The science of sex verification and athletic performance.
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Gender verification testing in sport.
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Gender verification testing in sport may in time be abolished when the sporting community are fully cognizant of its scientific and ethical implications.
Gender testing in the Olympics.
Since 1968 the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has required that individuals taking part in women's sporting events present evidence of "their femininity or female gender," but the efficacy of this policy is unknown.
Gender verification and the next Olympic games.
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The Use and Misuse of Sex Chromatin Screening for `Gender Identification' of Female Athletes
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Gender Verification and the Next Olympic Games-Reply
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Endocrine and genetic characterization of cousins with male pseudohermaphroditism: evidence that the Lubs pheno‐type can result from a mutation that alters the structure of the androgen receptor
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