World Athletics excludes transgender women from women’s competition, confirms Lord Coe | Athletics News

Last update: 23/03/23 17:06

World Athletics chairman Sebastian Coe confirmed on Thursday that transgender women would be barred from competition.

World Athletics has confirmed that it will exclude male-to-female transgender athletes who have gone through male puberty from female competition.

World Athletics chairman Lord Coe said: “We have also taken decisive action to protect the women’s category in our sport, and to do this by restricting the participation of transgender and DSD athletes.

“Decision taken in consultation with a number of stakeholders, including 40 Member Federations, our athletes, our coaches and through the Athletes’ Commission, as well as a range of other community groups, including trans groups , experts from the United Nations, the IOC and para-athletics.

“The majority of those consulted said that transgender athletes should not compete in the women’s category.

“Many feel there is not enough evidence that trans women do not retain advantage over biological women, and want more evidence that all physical advantages have been enhanced before they are willing to consider a option of inclusion in the women’s category.”

The council also voted to halve the maximum amount of plasma testosterone for athletes with differences in sex development (DSD), to 2.5 nanomoles per liter from five.

The stricter rules will impact DSD athletes such as two-time Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya, Christine Mboma, 2020 Olympic silver medalist in the 200m, and Francine Niyonsaba, who finished second to Semenya in the 800m. at the 2016 Olympics.

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