World Athletics Bans Trans

The World Athletics international governing body has announced that it will not allow trans identifying biological males to compete against biological women.

Lord Sebastian Coe, president of the body stated that as of March 31 no athlete who has gone through male puberty will be permitted to compete in female world ranking competitions.

Coe noted that further research will be undertaken on the matter, saying “We’re not saying no forever,” adding that the decision for now has been “guided by the overarching principle which is to protect the female category.”

“The majority of those consulted stated that transgender athletes should not be competing in the female category,” Coe noted, adding “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.”

woman running competition by Nicolas Hoizey is licensed under Unsplash
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