World triathlon will allow transgender women to compete under stricter rules – NECN
World Triathlon has approved a new policy that will allow transgender women to compete in the sport, the organization announced on Wednesday.
According to the organization, the Politics states that “To compete in the female category in an elite or age group triathlon competition, a transgender athlete must demonstrate that the athlete’s serum testosterone concentration has been less than 2.5 nmol/L continuously for a period of at least 24 months.In addition, at least 48 months must have passed since the transgender athlete competed as a man in an athletic competition.
The announcement comes after other global sports organizations in recent months adopted new policies banning or allowing transgender athletes to participate in their respective sports.
FINA (International Swimming Federation) and the International Rugby League were among the organizations that banned transgender athletes from participating.
On the other hand, the International Cycling Union, for example, allows participation, although athletes who switch from male to female must have low testosterone for two years instead of one, similar to the length that the triathlon implements. The testosterone level allowed in cycling is also the same as the new triathlon policy of 2.5 nmol/L.
“We are a small international federation, but one that has always had inclusion and gender balance in its DNA,” World Triathlon President and IOC member Marisol Casado said in a statement. “The policy we have just approved shows that we prioritize the principle of fairness but that we are inclusive.”
“This is fully aligned with the IOC recommendation and similar to what other (international federations) have done in recent months. We will of course monitor the situation and the evolution of this policy, and we are open to reviewing it and discussing it as necessary over time, as this subject is still evolving and we must be flexible.
The policy will go into effect in 30 days, according to World Triathlon.