World Athletics bans transgender women from competing in elite female competition if they went through male puberty

World Athletics bans transgender women from competing in elite female competition if they went through male puberty

By abc.net.au
Friday 24/03/2023
Transgender women will not be allowed to compete at the Games if they went through puberty before transitioning.(Getty Images: Adam Nurkiewicz)

World Athletics has banned transgender women from competing in elite female competitions if they have gone through male puberty, according to the sport's governing body.

The council also voted to tighten restrictions on athletes with differences in sex development (DSD), cutting the maximum amount of plasma testosterone for athletes in half, to 2.5 nanomoles per litre from five.

World Athletics (WA) president Sebastian Coe told a news conference the decision to exclude transgender women was based "on the overarching need to protect the female category".

The governing body had previously floated the option of transgender athletes being allowed to compete in the female category if they maintained testosterone levels below 2.5 nanomoles per litre for 24 months.

But it said it became apparent there was little support within the sport for that proposal.

"We're not saying no forever," Coe said, adding the governing body would form a task force to study the issue of trans inclusion that would be chaired by a transgender athlete.

DSD athletes will have to reduce their testosterone levels below the new limit for a minimum of 24 months to compete internationally in any elite event in the female category, WA said in a statement.

The tighter rules will impact DSD athletes such as two-time Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya, 2020 Olympic silver medallist in the 200m Christine Mboma, and Francine Niyonsaba, who finished runner-up to Semenya in the 800m at the 2016 Olympics.

WA regulations around DSD previously required women competing in events between 400 metres and a mile to maintain testosterone levels below five nanomoles per litre.

At the 2020 Olympics, South Africa's Semenya and Burundi's Niyonsaba were both barred from the 800m before turning their attention to the 5,000m.

Semenya failed to qualify for the Games while Niyonsaba made the final before being disqualified for a lane violation.

Namibia's Mboma, prevented from running the 400m, switched to the 200m, winning silver.

DSD athletes have male testes but do not produce enough of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that is necessary for the formation of male external genitalia.

Swimming's world governing body voted last June to bar transgender women from elite competition if they had experienced any part of male puberty.

A scientific panel found that even after reducing their testosterone levels through medication, transgender women still had a significant advantage.

The vote passed with 71 per cent of the national federations in favour.

Story By: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-03-24/world-athletics-tightens-transgender-dsd-athlete-rules/102139298?utm_campaign=abc_news_web&utm_content=link&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_source=abc_news_web

Original Story Link: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-03-24/world-athletics-tightens-transgender-dsd-athlete-rules/102139298

Westpac
FEATURE NEWS
Turaga says SG’s Chambers, Law Reform Comm and Ministry will work with FEO to undertake review of electoral process
Minister for Justice, Siromi Turaga stresses that the Office of the Solicitor General’s Chambers, the Fiji Law Reform Commission and the Ministry of...
8 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
Top international entertainers MR.MR. and Piva to perform at Fiji Showcase
Top international entertainers, MR.MR. and Rogerio Piva are coming to Fiji Showcase 2024. Event Coordinator for Total Event Company, Mahjabeen ...
8 hours ago

78 homeowners’ applications approved for Fiji's Termite Control Subsidy Programme
78 applications have been assessed and confirmed that they meet the criteria for the Control Assistance Programme by Fiji's Termites ...
8 hours ago

SPBD opens 10th branch in Nausori
Going down to Suva to do payments, fill in forms and applications will be a thing of the past for members of the South Pacific Business Development ...
8 hours ago

Protecting our waters against trans-national organised crime is a challenge – PM
Fiji faces the challenge of protecting our waters against trans-national organised crime and through the combined efforts of our border agencies ...
12 hours ago

I was horrified to hear the PM say it’s only $8.1M - Fong
President of the Organizations for People Living with Disabilities, Elizabeth Fong says she was horrified to hear Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka say ...
12 hours ago



fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
yb
IN DEPTH
RFNS Puamau submergence on Fulaga Reef
No timeline has been given on how long the salvage operations for the RFNS Puamau will take as the Fiji Navy has started the de-fuelling process in Fulaga in a bid to safely salvage the vessel from the reef.
6 days ago

Crisis within FijiFirst relating to the termination of 17 MPs who voted for salary increases
A crisis has erupted within the FijiFirst party relating to the termination of 17 members of parliament who supported the government's motion to ...
10 days ago

Pre-Budget 2024-2025
Pre Budget 2024-2025 budget recommendations and an insight of what people on the ground wish to see in the National Budget
12 days ago

TOP