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Exclusive: Read the Olympics' new transgender guidelines that will not mandate surgery
The International Olympic Committee has received a new recommendation for guidelines it is expected to fully adopt, opening the door for more trans athletes to compete internationally.
By Cyd Zeigler

Quick Summary:

1. Those who transition from female to male are eligible to compete in the male category without restriction.

2. Those who transition from male to female are eligible to compete in the female category under the following conditions.

Still some work left on the matter of intersex athletes, which it does address as well.

2) Hyperandrogenism in female athletes

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Transgender people will be allowed to compete in the Olympics without surgery
Restrictions on transgender people taking part in the Olympics are set to be loosened, allowing them to take part without undergoing gender surgery.

Those who transition from female to male are eligible to compete in the male category without restriction.”

“Those who transition from male to female are eligible to compete in the female category under the following conditions:

“1. The athlete has declared that her gender identity is female. The declaration cannot be changed, for sporting purposes, for a minimum of four years.

“2. The athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first competition (with the requirement for any longer period to be based on a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 12 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women’s competition).

“3. The athlete’s total testosterone level in serum must remain below 10 nmol/L throughout the period of desired eligibility to compete in the female category.

“4. Compliance with these conditions may be monitored by testing. In the event of non-compliance, the athlete’s eligibility for female competition will be suspended for 12 months.”

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: New Olympic Guidelines Won't Require Surgery for Trans Athletes
The new rules, expected to be adopted soon by the International Olympic Committee, will make it possible for more trans athletes to go for the gold.

Transgender athletes will not have to undergo gender-confirmation surgery to compete in sports according with their identity under new guidelines expected to be adopted by the International Olympic Committee, Outsports reports. The IOC has not yet made the guidelines publicly available, but Outsports obtained them from “a trusted source,” the site reports in an article published Thursday night. The guidelines came out of a Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism, quietly convened by the IOC last November, and the committee is expected to adopt them before this summer’s Olympics, according to Outsports.

“To require surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights,” the guidelines state.

For transgender women to compete in women’s events, the waiting period “goes from two years after surgery [currently] to one year after the start of [hormone therapy],” Joanna Harper, a trans athlete and medical physicist who participated in the meeting, told Outsports via email. “This matches up with the NCAA rules and is as good as anything. The waiting period was perhaps the most contentious item among our group and one year is a reasonable compromise.” The guidelines had required not only surgery but two years of hormone therapy.

Trans women’s testosterone levels will be monitored and must stay below a certain level, according to the guidelines, which also state, “To avoid discrimination, if not eligible for female competition the athlete should be eligible to compete in male competition.”

The guidelines will allow any transgender man to compete in men’s events without restriction. “The new IOC transgender guidelines fix almost all of the deficiencies with the old rules,” Harper said, adding that she hopes other athletic organizations will adopt them. The document further notes, “These guidelines are a living document and will be subject to review in light of any scientific or medical developments.” 

To date, no openly trans athlete has ever competed in the Olympics.

Ibtihaj Muhammad, a saber fencer for Team USA, will make history when she becomes the first American to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab. 

Muhammad qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after winning a bronze medal in the saber fencing world cup in Athens last weekend. She previously made headlines when she became the first Muslim woman to compete for the US in fencing.

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