The International Olympic Committee Officially Allows Transgender Athletes to Compete

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Recently Passport posted about a leaked report alluding to loosened restrictions on transgender athletes competing in the Olympics, and now new guidelines from the IOC officially show the Olympic’s new inclusive policy. The guidelines state that male-to-female athletes must undergo hormone therapy in order to compete however the female-to-male athletes can compete without restriction. It is important to note that these are merely guidelines, and not regulations, for different sports federations to incorporate.

According to The Guardian, IOC medical director Dr Richard Budgett said, “I don’t think many federations have rules on defining eligibility of transgender individuals. This should give them the confidence and stimulus to put these rules in place.”

These new guidelines are a huge step forward in the inclusion of transgender athletes in their respective industry due to what the previous guidelines established in 2003 stated. Previous to this new development, transgender athletes were to undergo reassignment surgery along with two years of hormone therapy in order to compete.

Although the female-to-male athletes can compete without any additional testing, the male-to-female athletes have to exhibit that their testosterone levels are below a certain point for one year prior to competing.

With these new guidelines in place there may be new athletes on the docket that keep the crowds cheering!

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