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Transgender athletes change the rules

The historic ban placed on transgender athletes in swimming by the International Swimming Federation has shaken the world of sport.

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Transgender athletes change the rules

The historic ban placed on transgender athletes in swimming by the International Swimming Federation has shaken the world of sport. Rugby has followed the example set by the International Swimming Federation (FINA). Transgender swimmers are now prohibited from participating in women's swimming competitions. This will make it easier for other sports like soccer and athletics to follow their lead. Swimming was the first sport to ban transgenders from competing alongside women "if" they have been through the male puberty process. While studying the creation a new category for those who are not identified with their anatomical sexual sex,

The forceful response to the case of Lia Thomas, an American swimmer who used to be called Will Thomas, was described as the "first step toward complete integration" for transsexual athletes. He had previously competed in the male category and received mediocre results. Two years later, he changed his sex to win the female university tests in Pennsylvania. This caused a lot of controversy in America. Lia Thomas was forced to undergo testosterone suppression treatment and had the opportunity to share the pool with other women. Women who, until now, felt threatened by the intrusion of this young woman from Texas 23 years ago.

According to NCAA guidelines, Lia Thomas has not seen a significant decrease in her advantage in male puberty despite taking hormone suppressants. This strength does not disappear overnight or after a year of suppressors. Thomas jumps into the water with an intrinsic advantage over others," said Thomas, who was referring to the demise of specialized media Swimming World" at the end the year. This was before the International Olympic Committee officially abandoned setting standards for all sports. They now leave it up to each world federation to decide about transgenders.

There were many voices against and for the inclusion of these athletes into the categories based on their current sex. However, the rules of world sport have been changed. The IOC has made its presence known and is the first to criticize. "The IOC has fully cleared itself of any responsibility. How can different federations in your country create different rules? They must do the research and implement... and that is expensive. Martina Navratilova (ex-tennis player) said that it was impossible. She is an activist for gay rights.

Transgenders are a case that goes beyond the realm of sports to science and justice. The alleged benefits of these athletes become synonymous with doping and human rights with complaints about discrimination against women and girls. They have chosen to be feminine with the help of another biological sex. The 2024 Paris Games were two years ago, and the other great Olympic sport, swimming, supported the decision to ban transgender females from participating in women's events. "Gender can't override biology, and we will continue reviewing our regulations accordingly. Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics (International Athletics Federation), assured that they will adhere to the science.

This legendary British ex-athlete opened the door for the modification of athletics regulations, betting on the "integrity and women's sport" over the inclusion of transgender athletes. His body was already battered by the precedent of Caster Semenya. "I believe testosterone is an important part of performance. Take a look at the characteristics of girls aged 12-13 years old. Sebastian Coe recalls how my daughters would leave their classmates in their classes to be with the boys, but that gap widened as they reached puberty." FIFA recently announced that football will be reviewing its transgender rules and will ensure that all parties (medical and legal) are considered.

The IOC believes that no athlete should be excluded because they are different from others. However, the IOC's transgender guide was criticized by doctors and sports scientists as being unfair to women's sport. Laurel Hubbard, a New Zealand weightlifter, became the first transsexual woman to compete at an Olympic event at 43 years old. This broke another barrier and opened up a new path in the world of sports that had been blocked. After three failed attempts, Hubbard said that he thanked the IOC for reaffirming its commitment to Olympism principles and the idea of establishing sport as something for all, inclusive and accessible. Before he made the decision to begin his sex reassignment, he competed against men under the name Gavin.

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