Tell the IOC to drop their transgender policy
Photo: Morning Consult illustration by Samantha Elbouez
The Olympic Games begin in Tokyo on 23 July, but instead of being an event that celebrates the very best in sporting achievement, this year's games will be overshadowed by cheating and scandal.
Thanks to a 2015 rule change, male-born athletes are now allowed to compete alongside women in female categories, provided their testosterone level is kept below 10 nanomoles per litre for at least 12 months.
To put this in context, this is over 5 times the level found in biological women (who have naturally occurring testosterone levels of 0.3 to 2.4 nanomoles per litre) and is scientific proof of the unfair physical advantage male athletes enjoy over women. These rules have the same effect as allowing a select group to circumvent doping regulations.
It’s not just testosterone levels that give males a physical advantage over women; as everyone knows, on average, men are bigger and stronger than women, with superior height and bone density. In addition, during puberty, men gain much more muscle and strength than women, and several studies demonstrate that they retain this physical advantage even after extensive periods of testosterone suppression.
This is why men and women have always been divided into separate categories for sporting events.
Transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard has caused outrage following his selection as a member of the New Zealand team. Hubbard is 43 and only ‘transitioned’ to being a woman at the age of 35 following some minor success within the men’s category of the sport.
Hubbard’s selection has meant that a biological woman, half his age, has missed a life-changing opportunity to compete at her first Olympics. Another female weightlifter has described the situation as a ‘bad joke’. A study by scientists for World Rugby has reported a gap of 30% between men and women for weightlifting ability.
Hubbard may be the first transgender woman to compete at the Olympics, but he will likely be joined by another 5 male athletes masquerading as biological women. Another 3 men may also be allowed to compete as women in the Paralympic Games.
Sign the petition demanding that the International Olympic Committee immediately changes their rules and ensures Fair Play for women at the Tokyo Games.