Transgender women banned from women's Track and Field competition
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Transgender women will not be able to participate in international athletics competitions in the women's category. This is the decision of World Athletics at the end of the world council held on Friday. On the matter, the president of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe, said: "Decisions are always difficult when they involve conflicting needs and rights between different groups, but we continue to believe that we must maintain equity for female athletes above all others.
consideration. We will be guided in this by the science around physical performance and male advantage that will inevitably develop over the next few years. As more evidence becomes available, we will revise our position, but believe the integrity of women's athletics is fundamental." The World Athletics board also approved the reinstatement of the Russian Federation, seven years after the suspension for the state doping case in 2015.
The task force created specifically for the issue and led by the Norwegian Rune Andersen, however , set 35 evaluation criteria that must be met over the next 3 years for the reinstatement to be definitive. In any case, Russian and Belarusian athletes remain excluded from any international competition due to the decisions taken after the military invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
The international athletics federation, in the wake of what was requested last November by the IOC who had invited all federations to define guidelines on transgender participation, has decided that transgender female athletes who have gone through male puberty and have then completed the transition between men and women will not be able to compete among women starting March 31st.
DSD athletes from the acronym disorders of se* development, on the other hand, will be able to compete if their testosterone level is below a limit of 2.5 nanomoles per liter for a minimum of 24 months. This is the case of Caster Semenya, two-time Olympic champion in the 800m.
The World Athletics board has set up a working group that will look further into the issue of transgender inclusion over the next 12 months.