A new directive from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) states that a transgender athlete should not be taken to gain an undue advantage in women’s events.
Their new transgender inclusion system, released on Tuesday, puts people in charge of setting their standards of maturity in their game.
A 10-page “not by the rules” book and not all games should get an answer before Paris 2024.
The system that replaces the IOC guidelines issued in 2015 amends laws requiring transgender women to lower their testosterone levels to compete in women’s programs.
An old law states that transgender athletes must be able to compete as long as their testosterone levels are below a certain threshold for at least 12 months before their first competition.
Relying solely on testosterone levels in female events does not provide a sufficient basis for determining whether competitors have negative benefits.
“You should not use testosterone [to find out who is transgender and can compete]. But this is a guide, not an absolute rule,” said Richard Budgett, medical director of the IOC.
The system was developed over two years through discussions with more than 250 athletes and other stakeholders and will be rolled out after next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics.
Kaveh Mehrabi, IOC Head of Athletics, said: “What we offer to the international community are our experience and our dialogue.
“This is a process that we have to go to each government individually and see what it takes.”
The new IOC system also applies to athletes with varying degrees of sexual development (DSD) such as the 800m South African runner Caster Semenya.
World Athletics’ governing body has maintained its real-time policy, which forces DSD athletes to lower testosterone levels so they can participate in certain activities, citing Semenya’s rejection of the arbitral tribunal rules for sport in 2019.
Read his statement: “To the extent that the IOC document violates our rules, we will note that a college of the Court of Arbitration for Sports in 2019 found that the DSD rules are an important, logical and appropriate way to get right. approach”. The world. The goal is to maintain fair and profitable competition in the women’s sector. “
The IOC also said medical tests and a “thorough physical examination” showed that male and female transgender athletes were “disrespectful” and “potentially dangerous”.
Magali Martowicz, head of human rights at the IOC, said: “We want to make sure that athletes are not forced or that harmful decision are not made about their bodies.”
The guide emphasizes that athletes must be part of the decision-making process.
You said restrictions must be based on rigorous and rigorous research and the game must follow all the rules to demonstrate the non-essential benefits or safety risks involved.
“The IOC recognizes that it must be at the end of each game and the governing body must determine how an athlete can gain a negative advantage over his peers given the nature of each game,” the series reads.
“Therefore, the IOC cannot provide a standard that determines eligibility for any sport, discipline or event in different jurisdictions and sports systems.”