ASA has taken note of the important decisions taken by World Athletics at its Council meeting held on 23 March 2023 regarding the eligibility regulations for athletes who are transgender or who have Differences of Sexual Development (DSD).
For DSD athletes, the new regulations will require any relevant athletes to reduce their testosterone levels below a limit of 2.5 nmol/L for a minimum of 24 months to compete internationally in the female category in any event and not just the events that were restricted (400m to one mile) under the previous regulations.
Interim provisions will be introduced for those relevant athletes who are already competing in what were the unrestricted events (distances below 400m and above one mile, plus field events). These provisions include a requirement to suppress their testosterone levels below 2.5nmol/L for a minimum of six months, before they are eligible to compete again. The interim provisions do not apply to the previously restricted events (400m to one mile) where two years of testosterone suppression will be required before the relevant athlete is eligible to compete.
Whilst ASA is considering the new regulations and taking legal advice thereon, in the interim, it is duty bound to adhere to and implement the new regulations and as such cannot allow any of those affected athletes to participate in any world ranking competition or international events in contravention of the said regulations. In this regard, ASA is still awaiting the outcome of the legal challenge lodged against the regulations which is still to be heard and decided upon by the European Court of Human Rights
ASA also reaffirms its gratitude to the government of SA, UNHRC, the WHO, World Medical Association, different governments around the world, global icons and fellow national federations that have continued to rally behind this noble course of supporting the challenge against these highly discriminatory regulations.