The final appeals court for global sports further blurred the line separating male and female athletes on Monday, ruling that a common factor in distinguishing the sexes — the level of natural testosterone in an athlete’s body — is insufficient to bar some women from competing against females.
Source: Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete
Yesterday that I posted news about people with special genetic conditions…
I like that the findings present that gender is not as “black & white” as we generally perceive it to be. Consider transgender, which is quickly becoming an issue in other competitive sports. Particularly male-to-female (M2F) competing as the gender they identify as. Female crossfit competitors were contesting against M2F competitors being allowed in their category, as M2F would have a physiological advantage for muscle. There’s been some news about M2F MMA competitors who hit/etc harder/different than female competitors – to this, I’ve understood it to be a matter of technique rather than physical strength.
Competing against peers has always been the primary goal. Otherwise, if there was no gender distinction – some events, no female would ever win. Which wouldn’t encourage women to compete… There are also para-olympic games, for those with physical disability. And I know a few who’ve represented my country in the transplant games, where competitors are transplant recipients. With enough community support, I could see transgender games in the same fashion as para or transplant. Or maybe we’ll see a leveling of the field via the testosterone/etc testing to determine which category a competitor falls into?
Another issue to consider is that the Olympics are motivated by business – viewership determines what coverage will occur, and what events will happen at all. The winter Olympics including curling had a tremendous impact on people coming out for curling, so it’s important for advertising ones sport.