Tue, 30 May 2023

The World Athletics Council says it will continue to "maintain fairness" for women in sports

Transgender people will no longer be able to compete in female sports competitions, the World Athletics Council has ruled. From April on, any athlete who has been through male puberty will not be allowed to compete in women's track and field events, regardless of their current hormonal levels. 

"The Council has agreed to exclude male or female transgender athletes who have been through male puberty from female world ranking competitions from March 31 this year," said Sebastian Coe, the head of the organization, at a press-conference on Thursday.

He said the Council held discussions with stakeholders, including 40 national federations, the International Olympic Committee and trans groups about the topic of transgender athletes. The majority agreed that trans athletes should not compete in female events. 

"Many believe there is insufficient evidence that trans women do not retain advantage over biological women and want more evidence that any physical advantages have been ameliorated before they are willing to consider an option for inclusion into the female category," Coe said. 

"We continue to take the view that we must maintain fairness for female athletes above all other considerations," he added.

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