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World Athletics bans transgender women from playing women’s sports


Transgender athletes have been banned from women’s sports, the World Athletics Council announced today.

President Lord Coe has confirmed that transgender female athletes who have gone through male puberty will not be allowed to compete in women’s world ranking competitions from March 31, 2023.

Coe said: “Where there is insufficient science to justify continued testosterone suppression for transgender athletes, the board agreed that it should be guided by our fundamental principle, which is to protect the female category,” did he declare.

“We cannot in good conscience leave our transgender regulations as they were at five nanomoles per liter for at least a year when we were unsure of the impact of doing so across all of our disciplines. So we need to know more and we need to know more now.

He added: “We’re not saying no forever.”

A task force will also be set up to “consult specifically with transgender athletes for opinions on competition in athletics” and to “review and possibly commission” additional research.

The group will include an independent chair, “up to three board members”, two athletes from the Athletes’ Commission, one transgender athlete from athletics, three representatives from non-member federations and representatives from the Department of Health and Science. of World Athletics.

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