The previous rules for the participation of men in women’s sports were already tricky, with male athletes having to prove that their testosterone levels were under ten nmol/liter of blood for 12 months or more. Women’s standard amount of testosterone is .09 nmol/liter of blood.
Even with the application of testosterone throughout a British medical study, women were only able to improve to 4.3 nmol/liter. The normal, healthy range for men is 9.2 to 31.8 nmol/liter.
The new rules are couched in ideas of anti-discrimination. However, they are only about not discriminating against gender-nonconforming biological males who identify as transgender and use female pronouns, and in so doing, they directly discriminate against women.
The rules state that sports organizations’ qualification standards should “not systematically exclude athletes from competition based on their gender identity, physical appearance, and/ or sex variations.”
Overturning the whole of human history and understanding of biology, the IOC states that “No athlete should be precluded from competing or excluded from competition on the exclusive ground of an unverified, alleged, or perceived unfair competitive advantage due to their sex variations, physical appearance and/or transgender status.”
The IOC does not seem to think that men have any kind of competitive advantage over women. This points to the question: Why have any biological sex-based categories of competition at all?
The IOC states, “Everyone, regardless of their gender identity, expression and/or sex variations should be able to participate in the sport safely and without prejudice.” However, this has one notable, dazzling exception: women. Women who identify as women will be competing on an unfair playing field as men who wear their hair long, don dresses when not on the field, and maybe like a little lipstick here and there, will be qualified to compete against women.
IOC medical director Richard Budgett stated, “You don’t need to use testosterone [to decide who can compete] at all.” “We really want to make sure that athletes are not pressured or coerced into making a harmful decision about their bodies,” stated IOC head of human rights Magali Martowicz.