The International Triathlon Federation approved this Wednesday a new policy on transsexual women, who will be able to compete in women’s events under certain conditions.
“To compete in triathlons at the elite or amateur level in the women’s category, a transgender athlete must demonstrate that the concentration of testosterone in your blood has been below 2.5 nmol/l for at least 24 months,” said the World Triathlon, echoing the idea of the UCI, which imposed this criterion on June 16.
That’s not all: “They must have gone to the least 48 months since last participation as the man of a transsexual athlete in any sporting competition.”
These two criteria were established after a year-long consultation involving various committees (medical, legal, etc.) and the input of experts in the field and members of the transgender community were solicited, says the International Federation of Triathlon.
“The policy we just passed shows that our priority is to guarantee the principle of equality by being inclusive“, said the President of the World Triathlon and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Marisol Casado.
This policy “is fully in line with IOC recommendations, and is similar to what other international federations in recent months”, added the President of the International Triathlon Federation.
However, this new rule opposes the decision taken by the British Triathlon Federation at the beginning of July to integrate transsexual athletes into a new “open category”, following the model of the International Swimming Federation.
The British triathlon opted for allow only athletes who were “women by birth” competed in women’s triathlons, becoming the first federation to close women’s competitions to transgender women in the UK.
In November 2021, the IOC had preferred to leave in the hands of each sport the decision on the inclusion of the transsexual women in sports competitionsciting a lack of “scientific consensus on the role of testosterone in performance in all sports”.
The question of the inclusion of transsexual women in sports competitions has gone beyond sport since American transgender swimmer Lia Thomas won the 500-yard dash earlier this year.
His university degree sparked controversy in the United States, where Conservatives and progressives clashed over the issuebefore the debate crossed the Atlantic.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.