Caster Semenya’s running dominance raises question of sex tests at future Olympics

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[The 2016 Olympics has] provided something of a crash course on the science of sex differences. That’s largely due to the success of Caster Semenya, a South African track star…who is widely believed to have an intersex condition that gives her certain “male” characteristics.

In the past,…athletic governing bodies would simply swab female athletes’ cheeks and check their saliva for markers of a Y chromosome; if a given athlete had one, she wouldn’t be allowed to compete as a woman…But, as it turns out, a Y chromosome doesn’t always confer a biological advantage.

Where there is at least some debate is…the question of whether athletes with conditions like Semenya and Chand’s are enjoying an unfair advantage, given that the point of dividing sports by sex is to account for certain biological differences between women and men…If a woman has enough of the characteristics which would account for a male athlete being faster and stronger than a female one, should she still be able to compete with women who don’t have those characteristics?

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