Track and field’s world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), recently ruled that only athletes with testosterone levels that are capable of being produced solely by ovaries could compete in women’s sports. This ruling keeps “transgenders” and intersex people who produce more testosterone than women from having an unfair advantage in athletics.
“As a former decathlete and track & field athlete in the SEC, I applaud the decision last week by the IAAF to reverse course on their rules for qualifying intersex competitors in women’s athletics,” writes Allen Whitt, president of Family Policy Council of West Virginia. “Our hearts go out to those born with various birth defects that create physiological ambiguity, but chromosomal-driven differences create unfair athletic advantage when those competitors (historically categorized as male) with higher testosterone levels are allowed to compete against women. . . . [T]he IAAF has corrected their competition rules away from pro-LGBT politically influenced policy back to rules for fair competition based on science.”
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