World Athletics said on Saturday it was consulting member federations. On a proposal that would impose stricter testosterone limits. On transgender female athletes competing in women’s track and field events.
The governing body’s proposal stops short of calling for an outright ban on trans athletes. And says it arrived at its “preferred alternative” after reviewing several new. And existing scientific studies and observations from the field.
After the UK’s Telegraph newspaper reported on the talks.”Putting forward a preferred option is the best way to gather constructive feedback. World Athletics said in a statement.
The option discussed would limit the greatest amount. Plasma testosterone for transgender women. And those with differences in gender development to 2.5 nanomoles per liter – half the current limit of 5 nanomoles.
That would double the time it would take athletes to stay two years below that level.
In June, world athletics and soccer’s governing body FIFA both said. They were reviewing their transgender eligibility policies. After swimming’s world governing body. FINA passed rules banning transgender participation in women’s events.
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe praised FINA’s decision at the time. Which has been criticized by transgender rights advocates.
Advocates for transgender inclusion say there are few trans female athletes. And not enough research has been done on the effects of transition on physical performance.
Opponents say that testosterone suppression. Doesn’t completely remove the benefits for a male assigned. At birth who went through puberty before transitioning.