World athletics president hints at Trans Ban

World athletics president hints at Trans Ban

World athletics president hints at Trans Ban

The president of World Athletics has suggested that biologically male transgender athletes could be banned from participating in international competitions for women, stating that “biology is more important than gender”.

Lord Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics, the governing body for international athletics competitions, has hinted that the organization may adopt new eligibility requirements that would ban trans athletes from competing against women. transgender people who have experienced male puberty from female swimming competitions.

“We see an international federation asserting its primacy in establishing rules, regulations and policies that are in the best interest of its sport,” Coe told BBC Sport.

“This is as it should be. We have always believed that biology is more important than gender and we will continue to review our regulations accordingly. We will follow the science.

“We continue to study, research and contribute to the growing body of evidence that testosterone is an important determinant of performance, and have scheduled a regulatory discussion with our council at the end of the year.”

Lord Coe, a one-time Conservative MP in the British House of Commons, has already restricted trans athletes as president of World Athletics by requiring testosterone levels to be below five nanomoles per liter (5 nmol/L) for a women’s match.

In 2021, the International Olympic Committee said each sport should make its own decisions about whether transgender athletes would have a disproportionate advantage in light of the individual aspects of the sport, sparking a recent wave of restrictions on trans athletes.

On Monday, the International Rugby League (IRL) announced it will ban biological men from confronting women “until further investigations are completed”.

Citing the Olympic Committee’s judgment, the IRL said that as a contact sports competition it has a “responsibility to balance the individual’s right to participate – a long-standing principle of rugby competition and at its core from the day it was founded – against perceived risk to other participants, and to ensure that everyone is heard fairly.”

Monday’s decision means trans athletes will be banned from the upcoming Women’s Rugby League World Cup in October and November. The International Rugby League move follows a similar ban from World Rugby, which in 2020 stated that the risk of injury to female athletes was too great given the natural strength benefits of biological males, even after they were given hormone drugs to reduce the production of suppress testosterone.

Over the weekend, the International Swimming Federation (FINA), the governing body of international swimming competitions, ruled that any athlete who had gone through the male puberty cycle should be barred from female races, saying such athletes retain a “relative performance advantage over biological females”, even after medication to lower testosterone.

Lord Coe, who was in Budapest on Monday as a guest of Fina, said: “We have always tried to find a navigable way through. We didn’t want to stigmatize… But when it comes down to it, if it’s a judgment between inclusion and fairness, we will always fall on the side of fairness – that’s non-negotiable for me.

While the rules are currently under review, he added that “the integrity of women’s sport is really important here, and we cannot let a generation of young girls think there is no future for them in the sport.”

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