Restrictions on athletes who are transgender or with differences in sexual development (DSD) do not respect the principles of the Olympic Charter, said President of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) Fabio Pigozzi Friday.
A variety of sports governing bodies began evaluating their policies on the involvement of transgender athletes in women’s sports following last month’s ruling by the highest body of swimming FINA.
FINA voted to ban anyone who has been male puberty from elite women’s competitions and to create a working group to set up an “open” category for transgender swimmers in certain events as part of their new policy.
“The exclusion of transgender people from DSD athletes is not in line with the Olympic Charter,” said Pigozzi, president of the National Anti-Doping Organization, at a FIMS panel on the subject at the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in Rome. “Athletes should not be put under pressure to undergo procedures or medical treatments to meet the entry requirements of a competition.” Modern society should consider the idea that gender categories cannot simply be divided according to a binary. “
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has defended its position that it is up to each international sports body to establish its own rules for the admission of transgender athletes following the FINA decision.
CONI President Giovanni Malago said at the FIMS panel that the IOC had formed a commission to help sports bodies decide if transgender and DSD athletes were eligible to participate in high-level competitions.
“It is part of the IOC’s commitment to respect human rights and to promote gender equality and inclusion,” Malago added.
Restrictions on transgender athletes violate Olympic Charter – FIMS chief – SABC News
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