Dr. Payoshni Mitra is an Athletes’ Rights advocate and scholar who has more than ten years’ experience of working closely with women athletes. Her work focuses on the mental and physical harm caused by the Differences in sex development (DSD) regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and its predecessors. Payoshni was instrumental in helping Indian athlete Ms. Dutee Chand challenge the Hyperandrogenism Regulations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 2014-2015, as the Government-appointed advisor to Chand. She was also one of the ten-member expert team who testified for South African athlete Caster Semenya at the CAS earlier this year.
With her research and advocacy work, she has been able to help athletes win legal cases on complex gender issues on more than one occasion. The breadth of her work is substantial, enabling her to form effective alliances with athletes, government officials, advocates, scholars, scientists, lawyers, ethicists and media figures across the world. In the past, she has successfully led research projects on issues related to sport, sexual harassment and other forms of gender discrimination with financial support from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, under the Human Resources Development in Sports Scheme at Jadavpur University. A former Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Fellow, Payoshni has taught the module Sport in Society on the MSc Sport Management programmes at Birkbeck, University of London, since 2018-19.