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Biological men shouldn’t be competing against women

When will sporting governing bodies see the reality that we all know to be true – that male bodies have an advantage over female bodies? Granted, many organisations have seen the light and taken action, but others remain in some sort of cloud cuckoo land where transwomen – biological males – are allowed to compete against biological females.  

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Megan Rapinoe is wrong about the ‘anti-trans sports ban’

The footballer fails to understand that sex matters in sport
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Why did it take Seb Coe so long to see sense over transgender athletes?

World Athletics has decided to protect women’s sport by restricting it to females. From 31 March, transwomen will not be allowed to compete in elite female competitions if they have gone through male puberty. Following yesterday’s* meeting of the World Athletics Council, Seb Coe – the governing body’s president – explained that the decision was ‘guided by the overarching principle which is to protect the female category’.

That decision should be welcomed by everyone, but why did it take them so long? Swimming’s world governing body came to the same conclusion last summer; world rugby got there in 2020. Athletics, meanwhile, dithered and fiddled with rules based on the level of testosterone in an athlete’s blood. Should the cut-off be set at ten nanomoles per litre, or should it be just five? Recently, two and a half was mooted. These appeared to be little more than arbitrary lines, set at a level somewhere between the typical male and the typical female.

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JayCee Cooper’s court victory is a loss for USA Powerlifting

Now the sport must allow trans athletes to compete with women
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Trans player wins women’s billiards championship

Why was Jamie Hunter allowed to compete against biological women?
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Tom Daley should not wade into swimming’s trans row

Swimming’s governing body, FINA, made a wise and sensible decision last week. It declared that transwomen were ineligible to take part in elite female competitions if they have experienced any part of male puberty. There were caveats, but it was a huge stride in the right direction. It was a ruling that was fair to female swimmers. But not everyone is happy. 

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FINA’s trans ruling is a return to common sense

Fairness is slowly returning to sport
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Emily Bridges is right about transgender cyclists

Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges doesn’t ‘want special treatment from anyone’. In an ITV interview, Bridges said: 

‘I just want the same opportunities as my fellow female athletes’.

Emily Bridges
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Emily Bridges has no place in women’s cycling

The cyclist’s inclusion in the championship is unfair to women everywhere
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Trans athletes have no place in women’s sport

The febrile transgender debate tends to unite politicians only in their quest to obfuscate the truth. But at last we have a prime minister who is willing to be honest with the public. It’s not Boris Johnson — not yet, anyway — but Scott Morrison who has thrown caution to the wind. The Australian PM has declared that trans sheilas are not sheilas. Not in sport, anyway.