A guide to the regulation of transgender athlete participation in sport
- As our understanding of the human body and mind advances, society has begun to question and debate more the distinction between sex and gender and the traditional binary classification of each: i.e. male or female (sex) and man or woman (gender). As an important and very visible part of society, sport has been fertile ground for this debate.
- This article will highlight the different approaches taken by international and national sports governing bodies (together SGBs) with respect to trans athletes and consider some of the issues which will inform the process of producing or reviewing such a policy.
- This article is not intended to be, and does not attempt to, analyse the evidential basis of any such policies, or any position taken regarding trans participation in sport more generally.
- The subsections of this article are as follows:
- Framing the conversation – why are sports regulating trans athletes?
- An introduction to trans athlete policies in sport – how are SGBs approaching the issue and what is the relationship with human rights law?
- The five broad approaches being taken by SGBs for trans athletes to be eligible to compete:
- Summary of findings.
Continue reading this article...
Already a member? Sign in
Get access to all of the expert analysis and commentary at LawInSport including articles, webinars, conference videos and podcast transcripts. Find out more here.
- Tags: Athlete Welfare | Athletics | Australian Rules Football | Badminton | Boxing | Football | Gymnastics | Hockey | Human Rights | International Olympic Association | NCAA | Netball | Olympics | Powerlifting | Regulation | Rowing | Rugby | Swimming | Tennis | Transgender | Volleyball | WADA
- The participation of trans athletes in sport – a transformation in approach?
- Sport, equality & discrimination – the year in review 2019/20