- The World Medical Association has spoken out against the controversial new IAAF ruling, which would have female athletes regulate their hormones with medication
- The chairman of the association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, has told doctors that they should not enforce the taking of hormone suppressants for female athletes
- Montgomery went on to say that suppressing hormones in this way, without a medical need, goes against physicians’ code of ethics
The World Medical Association has made their position clear on the IAAF’s new ruling, which would have female athletes alter their hormones with medication.
According to IOL, the association condemns the ruling, and has advised doctors not to comply with the IAAF’s new rules.
This statement follows the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s controversial decision to side with the IAAF on the ruling that SA Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, would have to take testosterone suppressants, should she wish to continue competing.
Semenya has since stated that she will not take medication to alter her body’s natural state and will also be appealing the court’s decision.
The chairman for the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, has also explicitly said that doctors shouldn’t adhere to the IAAF’s new rules.
Montgomery took a firm stance against the ruling and said:
“No physician can be forced to administer these drugs, and we definitely urge our colleagues to refrain from giving hormonally active medication to athletes simply because some regulations demand it.”
Briefly.co.za discovered that the chairman went on to say that to administer these serious kinds of medications without an actual medical requirement would be a violation of physicians’ code of ethics.
"The basic ethical code of all medical practice is never do harm, and it is doing harm to a perfectly normal body with just a rather high level of testosterone by administering drugs to use this in order to make them eligible for women's sport under these regulations," Mongomery explained.
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