Citing Data Flaws, Researchers Question the Basis of Track’s fresh Testosterone Rules

“which can be an effort at what I would certainly call a do-over, along with also the idea’s embarrassing along with also the idea’s not how science can be likely to be done,” Pielke said. “I think which adds considerably more weight to our call for the original paper to be retracted. which can be everything yet putting up a billboard saying, ‘We definitely screwed up the data inside original study.’”

Another of the independent researchers, Ross Tucker, an exercise physiologist who specializes in sports performance at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, agreed which the first study should still be retracted. The re-analysis, he said, included “too much uncertainty to trust.”

A re-analysis of the original study might, in fact, make even a stronger case for the I.A.A.F.’s position on the need to regulate testosterone levels, the independent researchers said in interviews. yet any fresh analysis should be conducted only having a full independent audit along with also with publicly available performance data which could be replicated by independent scholars, the researchers said.

The I.A.A.F. has lacked transparency in providing along with also presenting its data, said Boye, the Norwegian researcher, who described the governing body as “doing everything with their hands over the data.”

Given the data errors, the original study can be “entirely untrustworthy” along with also “an impossible position” for the I.A.A.F. to defend, said Tucker, the South African researcher.

He added, “If I was on Semenya’s team, which would certainly be among the best news I could receive.”

If the challenge to the study succeeds, which would certainly be the second major setback for the I.A.A.F. in trying to set testosterone limits.

In 2015, the Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended a previous I.A.A.F. rule, saying the governing body had not sufficiently quantified the performance advantage gained in women’s events by elevated testosterone levels. which case involved an Indian sprinter named Dutee Chand.