World Athletics Bans Transgender Female Athletes From Competing in Female Category
World Athletics, the world governing body for track and field, has banned transgender female athletes from competing in the female category at international events. The decision was made by the World Athletics Council today, following a recommendation from the organization’s medical advisory board.
The ban will take effect on March 31, 2023. Under the new rules, transgender female athletes will be required to have competed in the male category for at least 12 months before they can compete in the female category.
The ban has been met with mixed reactions. Some have praised World Athletics for taking a stand to protect female athletes, while others have criticized the decision as discriminatory.
World Athletics has said that the ban is necessary to protect the fairness of women’s sport. The organization has argued that transgender female athletes have an unfair advantage over cisgender female athletes, due to their higher levels of testosterone.
However, some have argued that the ban is discriminatory and will harm transgender athletes. They have pointed out that transgender female athletes are already required to meet a number of eligibility requirements, including having their testosterone levels below a certain threshold.
It remains to be seen how the ban will be implemented and how it will affect transgender athletes. It is possible that some transgender athletes will be able to continue competing in the female category by meeting the new eligibility requirements. However, it is also possible that the ban will effectively prevent transgender athletes from competing in the female category at all.
A further nuance is with athletes like South Africa’s Caster Semenya who is female but has differences in sex development (DSD). Such athletes must reduce blood testosterone levels to below 2.5 nanomoles per litre (previously 5), and must remain under this threshold for two years in order to compete internationally in the female category in any track and field event. This now appears to apply to all events rather than those previously targetted at 400m to a mile.
This is clearly discriminatory. But it is also totally commonsensical.
The adjustment to DSD race distances now appears fair rather than perhaps aimed at Caster Semenya in particular!
This content is not sponsored. It’s mostly me behind the labour of love which is this site and I appreciate everyone who follows, subscribes or Buys Me A Coffee ❤️ Alternatively please buy the reviewed product from my partners. Thank you! FTC: Affiliate Disclosure: Links pay commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.