IOC that enables trans-athletes to compete in women’s sports without testosterone suppression

On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) introduced a new framework for transgender athletes. This allows trans-gender men to compete in women’s sports without having to undergo testosterone suppression or hormone therapy.

of 6-page documentThe IOC has outlined 10 principles with the aim of ensuring that “athletes are not excluded solely on the basis of transgender identities and gender differences.”

The restrictions that prohibit transgender women from joining the women’s category are “robust”, indicating that there is a “consistent, unfair, disproportionate competitive advantage” in a particular sport, discipline or event. It was noted that it should be supported by a peer-reviewed study in.

Trans female athletes should not be presumed to have an automatic advantage over biological females until evidence is proved otherwise, so “in the category most consistent with self-determined gender identity. You should be allowed to compete. “

“It’s important to expand the evidence base,” said Richard Budgett, director of medicine and science at the IOC. “There are some interesting studies that need to be concluded, which gives us more information about performance, which is a really important issue for eligibility.”

Sports organizations have also abolished transgender guidelines, stating that trans-gender men need a year of testosterone suppression before they are allowed to compete. Proposed by an American researcher last year “If the goal is an equal stadium, it’s too short.”

LGBTQI + supporters and trans-athletes praise the IOC’s move, and Canadian football gold medalist Quinn became the first openly trans-athlete to attend the Olympics in July, “painting” a new framework. I called it “term”.

“This new IOC framework is groundbreaking in that it reflects what we know to be true. Athletes like me and my peers participate in the sport without any essential advantage. And our humanity deserves respect, “Quin said in a statement. ..

The new non-binding guidance came three months after the Tokyo Olympics, when we saw the first male-born athletes in the history of the Olympics competing in women’s sports.

Liberal Party of Australia Senator Claire Chandler has previously criticized the IOC’s decision to include New Zealand trans woman weightlifter Laurel Hubbard in the women’s category, and replacing biological sex with gender identity is fair. I believed I would sacrifice.

“That is, Australian taxpayers are at risk of spending billions of dollars on the 2032 Olympics, encouraging mediocre men to compete with the best female athletes in the world,” she says. Said in a Facebook post November 17th.

In October of this year, the Sports Councils Equality Group (SCEG) in the United Kingdom was released. 18 months of research“In many sports, the inclusion of transgender people, fairness and safety cannot coexist in a single competitive model,” he concluded.

“This is the strength, stamina, and physique among the average female compared to the average transgender female or the non-binary person assigned to the male at birth, with or without testosterone suppression. It’s due to the retained difference in. “

“Gender classification is legal, so the requirement to request information about gender at birth is appropriate.”

The report also stated that the “case-by-case” rating system was “neither practical nor verifiable for entry into gender-affected sports.”

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a Sydney-based Vietnamese reporter with a focus on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]