State Changes Rule on Female Wrestling

September 2, 2006--Posted at 1:05 pm CDT

JEFFERSON CITY- Female professional wrestlers in Missouri won't have to pay for costly pregnancy tests before they compete anymore.

The state Office of Athletics announced yesterday it was changing a rule adopted last year that forced women wrestlers to provide medical proof that they were not pregnant within a week of every match.

The new proposed rule, published in yesterday's Missouri Register, relaxes the requirement. Now female wrestlers will have to prove within two days of a match that they're ``aware of (their) pregnancy status.''

They can use tests from the health department, buy them over-the-counter, or visit a doctor to verify.

But costly paperwork from doctors isn't required anymore, and the new rule doesn't specify how recent the test must be.

It also cautions women against participating in contact sports like wrestling while pregnant.