Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

International Olympic Committee releases new guidance on inclusion of transgender athletes

International Olympic Committee releases new guidance on inclusion of transgender athletes
November 26, 2021
Legal / Sport /

New advice from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says there should be no assumption that a transgender athlete automatically has an unfair advantage in female events.

In its new framework on transgender inclusion, the IOC places responsibility on individual federations to determine eligibility criteria in their sport.

Released last week, the 10-point document is "not legally binding" and not every sport is expected to find a solution before Paris 2024.

The framework, which replaces IOC guidelines issued in 2015, also changes the policy on requiring transgender women to suppress testosterone levels in order to compete in female events.

The old policy that said transgender athletes would be allowed to compete provided their testosterone levels were below a certain limit for at least 12 months before their first competition.

Relying on testosterone levels alone in female events is no longer deemed sufficient grounds to determine whether or not a competitor has an unfair advantage.

IOC Medical Director, Richard Budgett explained “you don't need to use testosterone (to decide who can compete) at all. But this is guidance, it's not an absolute rule.”

The framework was prepared over two years in consultation with more than 250 athletes and other stakeholders, and will be implemented after next year's Beijing Winter Games.

Kaveh Mehrabi, Ddirector of the IOC's Athletes' Department, added “what we are offering to all the international federations is our expertise and a dialogue, rather than jumping to a conclusion.

"This is a process that we have to go through with each federation on a case-by-case basis and see what is required."

The IOC's new framework also applies to athletes with differences of sex development (DSD) such as the South African 800m runner Caster Semenya.

Governing body World Athletics defended its existing policy, which forces DSD athletes to suppress their testosterone levels to compete in certain events, citing the rejection of Semenya's challenge of the rules by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2019.

In a statement, World Athletics advised “to the extent the IOC document diverges from our regulation, we would simply note that the Court of Arbitration for Sport panel in 2019 found that the DSD regulations were a necessary, reasonable, and proportionate means of achieving World Athletics' legitimate objective of maintaining fair and meaningful competition in the female category."

The IOC also said medical testing and "invasive physical examinations" used to verify an athlete's gender were "disrespectful" and "potentially harmful".

Image: The Tokyo Olympics saw New Zealand athlete Laurel Hubbard became the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics in a different gender category to that in which they were born.

Related Articles

19th November 2021 - Stavros Niarchos Foundation awards US$8,500,000 to Special Olympics to advance inclusivity for youth

24th November 2021 - IOC partnership with world conference on Women and Sport will advance gender equality and inclusivity

12th November 2021 - Beijing ice sports venue to operate at one-fifth capacity during Winter Olympics

9th October 2021 - Officials acknowledge COVID challenges facing Beijing Winter Olympics

30th September 2021 - China to restrict Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics tickets to residents

9th August 2021 - Scaled down closing ceremony marks end of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

3rd August 2021 - COVID-19 hits commercial value of the Tokyo Olympics

27th July 2021 - Tokyo Games just 1% short of participant gender parity

2nd June 2021 - Save Womens Sport Australasia petitions against Sport NZ’s guidelines on Transgender Players

1st June 2021 - Debate continues on New Zealand’s guidelines for transgender athletes

29th April 2021 - New study finds New Zealand media leads the world in gender-balanced sports coverage

13th April 2021 - ITF unveils new research examining sports gender equality

11th April 2021 - ASCTA commits to Gender Equality Framework

12th January 2021 - Confusion over access for transgender women at Sydney ‘ladies-only’ ocean pool

11th October 2020 - World Rugby’s updated transgender guidelines ban transwomen playing at elite level

1st October 2020 - National Sporting Organisations commit to Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion Measures

8th August 2019 - Cricket Australia gender inclusive guidelines spell the ‘death’ of women’s sport

30th July 2019 - Controversy mounts over transgender athlete’s weightlifting gold medal at Pacific Games

26th February 2018 - City of Darebin hosts transgender-only swim night at the Reservoir Leisure Centre

1st August 2017 - Cycling Australia introduces new transgender athlete policy


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Again Faster

ABOUT Again Faster is a Brisbane based, Australian owned supplier of strength and conditioning and functional fitness equipment. With nearly 10 years experience in the Australian market, we are…

read more

Fitness / Recreation

 
 

SLE WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues

 
 

MYRTHA POOLS

Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks / Wellness

 
 

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

Myzone

Email for trade enquiries: Enquiriesapac@myzone.org  Customer support desk - Click Myzone support or go to ‘help’ on myzone app to access live support. Myzone® is the leading…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

IEDM

iEDM integrate Design, Engineering and Delivery Management services to convert existing spaces into exciting new entertainment venues. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals with diverse…

read more

Consultants / Design

 
 

Anti Wave International

Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Sport

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business