Thursday, January 28, 2016

IOC rules transgender athletes can take part in Olympics without surgery

"Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC.


"International Olympic Committee medical officials said on Sunday they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues.



"(...)Under the new rules, an athlete transitioning to a woman must undergo hormone therapy and demonstrate that the total level of male testosterone in the blood has been below 10 nanomols per litre for at least a year prior to competing.



"The previous rule stated that, in addition to reassignment surgery, the athlete required a minimum of two years of hormone treatment.  How long it will take the athlete to reach the new cutoff limit will depend on individual cases, Ljungqvist said."  Read the article: IOC rules transgender athletes can take part in Olympics without surgery - Female-to-male athletes can compete ‘without restriction’, while male-to-female athletes must undergo hormone therapy, according to new guidelines.  By Associated Press, 24 January 2016 The New York Times