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Rights, Regulation and Bodily Integrity: Reflections from Sport

By Kate Henne, RegNet, ANU

Dutee Chand was banned from competition in 2014 (Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

Dutee Chand was banned from competition in 2014 (Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

Sport is a space in which the policing and scrutiny of athletes’ bodies is explicit. Regular commentaries about athletes’ physical performances, suspected performance-enhancing drug use and changes to their bodies’ shape or size offer everyday examples. Accordingly, sport is a site that enables us to think through the tensions between rights, regulation and bodily integrity. Recent developments around the regulation of who can participate in women’s sports events offer a timely and important case in point.

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