Women’s rights groups are urging their respective Olympic committees to stop male athletes who have “transitioned” to “female” athletes from participating in women’s sports. The demand comes after “transgender” Laurel Hubbard won two gold medals and a silver medal in three of the women’s heavyweight categories. Under standards established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015, Hubbard could be eligible to compete in next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, although each country may establish its own standards.
Ani O’Brien, who represents one such women’s rights groups, the New Zealand-based lobby group “Speak Up For Women,” said, “Kiwis (New Zealanders) know that males competing in women’s sport is blatantly unfair.”
Supporting that position is a new study from the Journal of Medical Ethics that concluded, “the advantage to transwomen afforded by the IOC guidelines is an intolerable unfairness.”
While the IOC allows only those “transwomen” who have only a small, specified level of testosterone in their bodies to participate, the study shows that there is much more to being biologically male than one hormone. “Hormone therapy will not alter bone structure, lung volume, or heart size of the transwoman athlete . . . so natural advantages, including joint articulation, stroke volume, and maximal oxygen uptake, will be maintained,” the study noted.
Even USA Powerlifting, which does not allow “transwomen” to compete against females, agrees with the new study, stating, “Men naturally have a larger bone structure, higher bone density, stronger connective tissue, and higher muscle density than women. These traits, even with reduced levels of testosterone, do not go away.”
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