World Athletics

World Athletics Bans ‘Trans Women’ from Women’s Competition

24 March 2023

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The World Athletics Council, the international governing body for track and field athletics, has released a ruling to ban ‘transgender women’ from female events.

The decision came after a two-month consultation period with various stakeholders “including Member Federations, the Global Athletics Coaches Academy and Athletes’ Commission, the IOC as well as representative transgender and human rights groups”.

Today’s announcement does not affect any current athlete, as there are currently no biological men who identify as women competing in a female event at the elite level.

 

The press release states:

It became apparent that there was little support within the sport for the option that was first presented to stakeholders, which required transgender athletes to maintain their testosterone levels below 2.5nmol/L for 24 months to be eligible to compete internationally in the female category.

In reaching its conclusion, “the Council decided to prioritise fairness and the integrity of the female competition before inclusion.”

In the words of World Athletics President Sebastian Coe:

“Decisions are always difficult when they involve conflicting needs and rights between different groups, but we continue to take the view that we must maintain fairness for female athletes above all other considerations. We will be guided in this by the science around physical performance and male advantage which will inevitably develop over the coming years. As more evidence becomes available, we will review our position, but we believe the integrity of the female category in athletics is paramount.”

The Council has set up a working group that for the next 12 months will “further consider the issue of transgender inclusion”.

The ruling comes into effect on 31 March 2023.

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2 Comments

  1. Binary McGender 24 March 2023 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    It takes real balls for so-called ‘trans women’ to compete against females in events where their male attributes provide them with an inherent advantage.

  2. Joyce Michael 24 March 2023 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Finally commonsense prevails!

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