The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that none of the athletes should be barred from competing on the grounds of a perceived unfair advantage due to their gender as it released a new framework on transgender inclusion.
None of the participating athletes should be excluded from contesting on the basis of an "unverified, alleged or perceived unfair competitive advantage due to their sex variations, physical appearance or transgender status," as per thhe International Olympic Committee.
The brand new framework is set to replace the 2015 guidelines and concludes there should be no presumption that trans women have an automatic advantage over natal women – a controversial view that reverses the IOC's previous position, according to The Guardian.
The latest 10-point report, which was formulated in consultation with over 250 athletes and other stakeholders, will be made official after the Beijing Winter Games in 2022.
'Framework Not Legally Binding'
The framework, however, is not legally binding. The committee said it ultimately is up to individual sports to decide their guidelines – and they can still impose rules on trans women entering the female category if needed to ensure fair and safe competition.
What Is Missing From The Guideline
The framework does not specify the fresh criteria for testosterone levels and also doesn't define who isn't or is a woman. Furthermore, the body is walking away from its "one size fits all" guidance, for the first time in modern Olympic history, and also leaving it up to each sport and the governing body to determine who is eligible to take part.