from TRU News:
The International Olympic Committee will allow transgender athletes to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which begin in February.
According to The Daily Caller, which contacted the IOC to ask how it will ensure fair competition, there will be no regulation with regard to gender in its competitions. And, that response isn’t exactly going over well with some competitors:
“With regard to Hyperandrogenism in female athletes, there were no regulations in place at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and there will be no regulations in place at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as we are still awaiting the resolution of the Dutee Chand case,” the IOC wrote in a June email in response to an inquiry into how it would regulate the upcoming Olympics.
The response follows controversy that sparked after 800-meter South African runner Caster Semenya won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Semenya’s intersex condition causes her to produce more testosterone (hyperandrogenism) than most women, prompting questions about whether she had an unfair biological advantage.
“These kind of people should not run with us,” Italian middle-distance runner Elisa Cusma said. “For me, she is not a woman. She is a man.”
Chand is an Indian sprinter who said she was discriminated against by the International Association of Athletics Federations’ arbitrary rule on blood testosterone levels meant to preserve division based on biological sex. Those rules were implemented in 2011, but were suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which said the IAAF didn’t use sound science to craft them.
Prior to IAFF rules, Semenya dominated in the women’s 800 m race at the World Championships in Berlin, but afterward, she failed to advance beyond the semifinals. When the rules were suspended, she returned to her dominant form as evidenced in Rio.
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