IOC: Trans Athletes Should Not Have to Lower Testosterone to Compete

IOC: Trans Athletes Should Not Have to Lower Testosterone to Compete

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a new “framework” that included guidelines stipulating that transgender athletes should not have to lower their testosterone levels to compete in sports.

Moreover, the framework states that no athlete should be barred from competition based on the perception of an “unfair and disproportionate advantage” due to their gender.

Previous IOC guidelines, established in 2015, allowed trans athletes to compete if their testosterone levels fell below the committee’s established limit. Those restrictions, under the new guidelines, are now lifted.

“You don’t need to use testosterone (to decide who can compete) at all,” said IOC medical director Richard Budgett.

The guidelines went even further, claiming that testing to verify an athlete’s gender is “disrespectful” and “potentially harmful.”

Penny Starr