World Triathlon Allows Transgender Women to Keep Competing in Female Category

The World Triathlon voted on Aug. 3 to allow transgender women to keep competing in the female category but set up greater restrictions.

A majority of the executive board of the World Triathlon approved the Transgender Policy, following a period of consultation with its committees, as well as multiple experts in the field and the transgender community.

However, transgender women face greater restrictions before they can gain approval to compete internationally under the new policy.

The policy requires transgender women to lower their testosterone levels for two years rather than one, as is the current case.

“To compete in the female category in an Elite or Age-Group triathlon competition, a transgender athlete must demonstrate that the concentration of testosterone in the athlete’s serum has been less than 2.5 nmol/L continuously for a period of at least 24 months,” the policy states.

The policy also requires transgender women to wait for at least four years after transitioning if they have previously competed as a male in any sporting competition rather than one.

World Triathlon President and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Marisol Casado said that the policy “shows that we are prioritizing the fairness principle but showing inclusiveness.”

“It is fully aligned with the IOC’s recommendation, and similar to what other [international federations] have done in the last months. We will of course monitor the situation and the evolution of this policy, and we are open to reviewing and discussing it as much as necessary over time, as this subject is still evolving and we need to be flexible,” Casado added.

Editors Note: Story “WORLD-TRIATHLON-TRANSGENDER-POLICY” corrected on 04.08.2022 02:07- The previous version had a minor capitalization error


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