Transgender Runner Banned from Olympic Competition
A biologically male runner has been banned from the womenâs 400-meter Olympic hurdle event. This runner was kept out of the competitionÂ because âsheâ did not meet the World Athletics conditions on testosterone levels.
âCeCe [Telfer] has turned her focus towards the future and is continuing to train,â the transgender athleteâs manager said.
The trainer added in an interview with The Associated Press that Telfer will respect the decision. âShe will compete on the national and world stage again soon.â
This transgender athlete won the NCAA title competing for a womenâs team in 2019, according to the AP.
But since that victory, according to the AP, World Athletics has released guidelines closing off international womenâs events that are between 400 meters and one mile to athletes who fail to meet eligibility requirements. One of those requirements is having testosterone levels below 5 nanomoles per liter for a year.
Telfer formerly competed for a menâs team at Division II Franklin Pierce. âHeâ took time off and then returned to compete as a woman.
The transgender athlete revealed in a blog post last week:Â âI love what Iâm doing and Iâm getting to live my truth and live my authentic life. I believe that this is my way of being the change that I want to see in the world. And I live by that every single day.â
USA Track & Field said in a statement disclosed by the Associated Press that following the World Athletics on June 17, the conditions had not been met for Telfer to compete. The USATF gave the runner the eligibility requirements and, along with World Athletics, the opportunity to demonstrate her eligibility so that she could compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.â
The USATF said, âAccording to subsequent notification to CeCe from World Athletics on June 22, she has not been able to demonstrate her eligibility.â
There are now at least 31 states that have taken action toÂ banÂ biological males from participating in female sports: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Each of these states have introduced legislation aimed at banning biological males from female sports, according to data compiled by the American Principles Project.
The Governors of Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, and Tennessee have all signed this legislation into law. And South Dakota had a bill that was thrown under a national spotlight when Republican Gov. Kristi Noem refused to sign the legislation without her suggested changes. She maintained that the bill would subject South Dakota to lawsuits the state could not win and said she seeks to âprotect girlsâ through other measures.
This case is just the beginning.
New Zealandâs Laurel Hubbard has become the first-ever transgender athlete picked to compete at an Olympics, in a controversial decision.
Officials have chosen her for the womenâs weightlifting team for Tokyo after qualifying requirements were recently modified.
She had competed in menâs events before coming out as transgender in 2013. Critics say Hubbard has an unfair advantage, but others have argued for more inclusion at the Games.
âI am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,â Hubbard said in a statement.
She will compete in the womenâs 87-kg weightlifting category. The 43-year-old became eligible to compete at the Olympics when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) changed its rules allowing transgender athletes to compete as a woman if their testosterone levels are below a certain threshold.