Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC. International Olympic Committee medical officials said on Sunday they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues. Under the previous IOC guidelines, approved inathletes who transitioned from male to female or vice versa were required to have reassignment surgery followed by at least two years of hormone therapy in order to be eligible to compete.
Across the U. But resentments can still flare when transgender women start winning and dominating their sport. Exhibit A is a recent public exchange involving tennis great Martina Navratilova, who came out as a lesbian in and is a longtime gay-rights activist.
Stock photo via Dave Catchpole. April 26th, InternationalNews. The revised guidelines comes only a few months after two transgender athletes made headlines by dominating their respective sport disciplines.
Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the I. International Olympic Committee medical officials told The Associated Press on Sunday they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues. Richard Budgett said in a telephone interview. Under the previous I.
Transgender athletes no longer need to undergo sex reassignment surgery in order to be eligible for competition in the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee announced updated guidelines regarding transgender athletes earlier this week. This update differs from previous guidelines, which required trans athletes to have sex reassignment surgery and hormone therapy in order to compete.
New regulations from the International Olympic Committee will make it harder for transgender women to compete in the Summer Games in Tokyo. According to The Times of Londonacceptable levels will likely be cut in half, from ten to five nanomoles per liter. The revised guidelines come days after transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard competed at the Commonwealth Games.
Devine said those surveyed have won seven Olympic and 56 world championship medals between them. She defended the small number of athletes in the study, saying it was a starting point as athletes often did not want to speak out for fear of recriminations. Among those questioned — who came from track and field, swimming, rowing and modern pentathlon — were Tessa Sanderson, the Olympic javelin gold medallist, and Sharron Davies, who won a swimming silver inboth of whom have already made their views known.
The tennis star has criticised International Olympic Committee IOC guidelines, which say transgender athletes can compete as women if they reduce their testosterone levels. Trans activists have accused her of being transphobic, but other prominent athletes including British Olympians Paula Radcliffe and Dame Kelly Holmes have also suggested that male-to-female trans athletes could have an unfair advantage over other women. The IOC has allowed trans athletes to compete at the Olympics sincebut only people who had undergone surgery on their genitals.
This follows the ongoing moral panic about trans people in the media which focuses on and demonises trans women and their right to take part in many competitive sports, alongside long-standing suspicion and hostility towards intersex people in sport. These rules disproportionately affect women with higher than average levels of testosterone, particularly many trans women and women with some intersex variations. In sport, women of colour remain particularly targeted for suspicion and calls for gender testing in regard to testosterone — this is something with historical precedent.
The International Olympic Committee said Saturday it was setting up a rights committee chaired by a prominent former UN commissioner to advise it on issues including transgender athletes. But the committee will not be looking at human rights situations in host countries, an issue that has gained increasing attention in recent years. Speaking in Tokyo after a meeting of the IOC's executive board, president Thomas Bach said the committee would be a "key instrument to help the IOC to meet our human rights responsibilities with a more strategic approach than we could do so in the past". There have been heated discussions in recent years about the inclusion of transgender athletes in the Olympics, and criticism of sporting authorities for basing eligibility on testosterone levels.