A comparison of changes made by international sports federations to the regulation of transgender women athletes
World Athletics has recently updated its Eligibility Regulations for Transgender Athletes (effective as of 31 March 2023) (the “World Athletics Regulations”) to prevent many transgender women from competing in the female category. The regulations were praised by some as “A big step for fairness and protecting the female category” and “common sense”, and criticised by others as “a purely political move” that would embolden the “forces of hate” against transgender people.
This article will compare the World Athletics Regulations to that of other international federations and highlight some of the issues involved in promulgating rules, regulations, or policies on transgender athletes (together “Eligibility Rules”). It is not intended to be, and does not attempt to, analyse the evidential basis of any such Eligibility Rules, or any position taken regarding the participation of Transgender Women in the Female Category more generally.
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