World Athletics President Sebastian Coe welcomes the swimming decision to ban transgender women from elite women’s competitions, such as “The Greatest Benefits of Sport,” and athletics could soon follow. I hinted that there is.
Lord Kor was in Budapest on Sunday. Fina, the governing body of swimming, voted to ban trans-athletes who experienced part of male adolescence at women’s events. Within 24 hours, he announced that the World Athletics Council will also consider policies for transgender and DSD (disorders of sex development) athletes at the end of the year.
“My responsibility is to protect the integrity of women’s sports and we take it very seriously. If that means we have to adjust the protocol in the future, we I will do that, “Kor said. “And I’m always clear. When I’m cornered to the point of judging fairness or inclusiveness, I’m always on the side of fairness.”
World Athletics rules allow transgender women to compete in the women’s category, provided that testosterone is kept below 5 nmol / L for 12 months. The rule was also upheld by Fina until Sunday. On Sunday, the rules changed after scientific evidence showed that transgender women retained their benefits even after reducing testosterone.
Kor was clear when asked what he did about Fina’s new policy. “We see the League of Nations claiming its superiority in setting rules, regulations and policies that are in the best interests of the sport,” he said. “This is what it should be. We always believe that biology is better than gender, and we are always repeating it. We will review our regulations accordingly.”
Currently, there are no elite-level transtrack and field athletes, but CeCe Telfer has become the first openly transgender figure to win the NCAA title in the women’s 400m hurdles in 2019.
However, the rules will be strengthened by DSD athletes such as Caster Semenya, the 800m gold medalist of the Olympic double and three world championships, 200m silver medalist of Tokyo 2020 Christine Muboma, and Francine Niyonsaba, who won the women’s 5,000m diamond league final. It also affects. last year.
DSD athletes, who have male testes but do not produce enough dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone important for the formation of male external genitalia, are in a highly controversial field for athletics. It has been proven to be.
In 2019, World Athletics went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and stopped athletes running internationally at 400-meter to 1-mile events unless they took medication to reduce high testosterone. However, it can be run in other events. For biological reasons, Cas determined that 46 XYDSD athletes “enjoy a great sporting advantage … more than 46 XX athletes who do not have such DSD.”
There is also great sympathy for athletes like Semenya who grew up as women from a young age and want to compete alone, and any changes to World Athletics’ DSD policy will rekindle the controversy.
When asked if the Governing Body would consider adopting a policy similar to Fina, Kor said:
“We continue to study, research and contribute to increasing evidence that testosterone is an important determinant of performance, and we plan to discuss DSD and transgender regulation with our council at the end of the year. . “