Gender testing is more about policing women’s bodies than protecting women’s sports. - From ThinkProgress
According to the Guardian, at the world championships, she “was so overwhelmed by the global controversy that she had to be persuaded to accept her gold medal.” “God made me the way I am and I accept myself,” she said back in 2009, when intimate details about her body first became a talking point for pundits.
The purpose of the new rule was to maintain the division between men’s and women’s sports, based on the belief that the primary reason that elite male athletes are better than elite female athletes is testosterone.
However, in 2015, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ordered the IAAF to suspend those regulations, because they found there was not sufficient scientific evidence that elevated testosterone levels are directly related to athletic superiority.
According to Katrina Karkazis, a senior research scholar at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University, in the past, IAAF specifically singled out female athletes who “display masculine traits” for testosterone tests, while the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has encouraged its national charters to “actively investigate” any “perceived deviation” in gender.
Simone Biles is even shorter and more muscular than the majority of the gymnastics field.