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The Board of Appeal will consider Seema Punia’s request for a Kamalpreet Kaur hyperandrogenism test: AFI

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AFI says the Appeals Committee will consider Seema Punia’s request

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) said on Wednesday that its appeals committee would consider Seema Punia’s request related to the Olympics for a hyperandrogenism test by disco counterpart Kamalpreet Kaur.

Punia, who qualified for the Olympic Games with a throw of 63.72m on the last day of the national interstate championship in Patiala on Tuesday, wrote to AFI, raising fears of improvement in Kaur’s performance for a short period and looking for a test for hyperandrogenism on it.

“All complaints are being considered by the Appeals Committee. The committee will consider them,” AFI President Adil Sumarivala told PTI when asked about Punia’s letter.

Hyperandrogenism is a condition that causes higher testosterone levels than expected in biological women. It is considered an advantage for affected athletes over unaffected ones.

Kaur qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a national record then 65.06m during the Federation Cup in March and improved it with a throw of 66.59m during the Indian Grand Prix 4 on June 21st.

Her best before two big throws this year was 61.04 m, which she recorded in 2018. Her best in 2019 was 60.5 m.

Despite Punia’s request, the current World Athletics Rules on Women’s Eligibility Regulations are very clear that they do not apply to on-site competitions.

World Athletics clearly defines “Limited Events” for athletes with gender differences (DSD) such as 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m, 1500m, one-mile races and all other track races at distances between 400m and one mile (inclusive), whether running alone or as part of a relay race or combined event.

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