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World Triathlon approves transgender policy but with tighter regulations

World Triathlon approved a new policy that will allow male-to-female transgender athletes to continue competing in female categories. There is no mention of female-to-male transgender athletes in male events.

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World Triathlon approved a new policy that will allow male-to-female transgender athletes to continue competing in female categories. But they shouldn’t have competed as male in any sporting competition in the past four years, and they must demonstrate lower concentrations of testosterone continuously for at least two years.

There is no mention of female-to-male transgender athletes in male events.

According to World Triathlon president Marisol Casado, the organization’s new policy, which affects elite and age-group competitions, was finalized after consultations were done with “multiple experts in the field and the transgender community”. In the end, this is “prioritizing the fairness principle but showing inclusiveness”.

The new regulations come into effect in September.

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