The transgender athlete Olympic eligibility rules are set to change after the Winter Games in 2022, according to reports.
The new guidelines will reportedly no longer focus on an individual’s testosterone levels. Instead, they will determine whether the individual possesses an actual competitive advantage.
It’s believed the measure has been put in place to prevent ‘discrimination’.
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The new policy reads: “Every athlete has the right to practice sport without discrimination and in a way that respects their health, safety and dignity.
“At the same time the credibility of competitive sport – and particularly high-level sporting competitions – relies on a level playing field where no athlete has an unfair or disproportionate advantage over the rest.”
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) governing body added: “The IOC seeks to promote a safe and welcoming environment for everyone involved in elite-level competition.
“It must be within the remit of each sport and its governing body to determine how an athlete may be at a disproportionate advantage compared with their peers.”
In 2015, new rules meant that trans and intersex athletes could take part, as long as their testosterone levels were below a certain level.
However, the new policy means that this assessment will be removed from the equation. Instead, there will be more of a focus on the individual sporting codes.
In the 2020 Olympics, New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard made history by competing in the Tokyo Games.
Unfortunately, she was knocked out of the weightlifting competition when she failed to make a snatch. However, she thanked the IOC for giving her the opportunity.
At the time, she said: “The Olympic Games are a global celebration of our hopes, our ideals and our values.
“I commend the IOC for its commitment to making sport inclusive and accessible.”
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