World Triathlon allows female transgender athletes to race in women’s category

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World Triathlon approves a Transgender Policy, allowing female transgender athletes to take part in women’s races. In 30 days time, a new Transgender Policy will apply to all World Triathlon events. “To compete in the female category in an Elite or Age-Group triathlon competition, a Transgender athlete must demonstrate that the concentration of testosterone in the athlete’s serum has been less than 2.5 nmol/L continuously for a period of at least 24 months. Also, at least 48 months must have elapsed since the Transgender athlete has competed as a male in any sporting competition.”

“The Transgender Policy was approved by the majority of the Executive Board, with the votes against of Vice President Ian Howard and President of the Athletes Committee Tamas Toth”, World Triathlon writes in a press release.

“We have been studying this matter for over a year, we have listened to the voices of all World Triathlon stakeholders, and I can only thank all the Committees and Commissions for the detailed work carried out by them to inform this policy”, World Triathlon President Marisol Casado continues to say. “We are a small International Federation, but one that has always had inclusion and gender balance in our DNA. The Policy that we have just approved shows that we are prioritizing the fairness principle but showing inclusiveness. It is fully aligned with the IOC’s recommendation, and similar to what other IFs have done in the last months. We will of course monitor the situation and the evolution of this policy, and we are open to reviewing and discussing it as much as necessary over time, as this subject is still evolving and we need to be flexible.”