I was watching an Olympics documentary this weekend and saw the Nike commercial about Chris Mosier, the first transgender athlete to compete on a US national team. While Chris is not competing in the Olympics because his sport the duathlon is not an Olympic sport, it got me researching the rules for transgender rules for competing.
Prior to the Rio Olympics, transgender athletes were required to undergo reassignment surgery followed by at least two years of hormone therapy to compete as their “new gender.” Now, surgery is no longer required. If an athlete is female-to-male transgender, they have no restrictions to compete against other males, but if an athlete is male-to-female transgender, they need to demonstrate that their testosterone level has been below a certain level for at least a year before competing against other females.
Let’s be honest, men are better athletes than woman. That’s why there is the separation of gender in sports. Even in sports where muscle mass is not a factor, like chess, men still outperform women by a healthy margin. One year of lower testosterone doesn’t change the fact that a male-to-female transgender went through male puberty and maintain the attributes that are not affected by hormones: increased bone density, increased lung capacity, larger skeletal structure, larger veins and arteries, and better circulatory system.
So are the new regulations that the IOC instated fair? I would say that they aren’t.