A lengthy, comprehensive investigation issued last week determined that male-to-female trans individuals indeed have a competitive edge over naturally female competitors.
The study also shows it is impossible to police both health and equality if transgender women participate in biological women’s competitions.
This Should Put the Matter to Bed for Good
This report took 18 months to complete, with numerous interviews of dozens of individuals and organizations conducted by the United Kingdom’s Sporting Advisory council Equity Group; this group consists of representatives from athletic institutions all across the UK.
As per the Daily Mail, the group discovered “trans individuals enjoy an unfair competitive advantage in women’s sports” and this advantage persists even when “testosterone levels are reduced.”
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The Olympic Committee actually allows male-to-female transsexual players to participate in women’s competitions; this is so long as their levels of testosterone remain below a particular threshold for at least a year prior to global competition.
Hormone suppression, on the other hand, “does not take away the physical attributes of transgender women in biological women’s sports,” according to UK Sport. As a result, “safety and competition fair in some sports cannot be guaranteed.”
According to the paper, “existing research shows testosterone reduction does not erase this strength advantage over women and cannot ensure competitive equality and/or wellbeing.” All adult male athletes do have a 10-12 percent performance benefit over women athletes in running and swimming events.
This tends to increase to a 20 percent advantage in the high jump and long jump events; it also includes a 35 percent advantage in strength-based sporting events, like lifting weights for similar-sized athletes, according to the guides.
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‘Transsexual people who restrict hormones from masculine levels appear to retain physical potential,’ UK Sport stated. “Such physical variations will have an impact on safety criteria in battle, collision, or competitive sports.”
UK Sport proposed that a “generic” class be created in which biological males and women participate on a single playing surface without gender distinctions.
They Can Have Their Own Catagory
According to the Guardian, the report emphasized “trying to find new methods to motivate inclusion is also extremely important.” However, it also suggested that governing bodies come up with “new and creative ways to ensure no one is left out.”
Such ways could include non-contact variants of organized sports that can be played securely and equitably by everybody. “If they are sexually impacted, [sports governing bodies] may want to offer sports in which the woman category is safeguarded for grounds of competition fairness and/or safety.”
Both a female and an open class would be available in these sports. Female submissions would be required to confirm they were born female. Any participant could compete in an open category, according to the article.
The guidelines provide substance and structure on which athletics can make choices; it lays out some of the possibilities a sport could examine, such as promoting transgender inclusiveness, maintaining the female category, and introducing universal admittance, according to the newspaper.