Olympic Committee to Allow Federations to Determine Criteria for Transgender, Intersex Athletes

The International Olympic Committee will allow federations to make their own eligibility criteria on transgender and intersex athletes rather than adopt one that is all-encompassing.

The IOC made its announcement Tuesday, which is a rollback of a blanket policy adopted in 2015. According to a new framework, the IOC calls on federations to focus on inclusion, prevention of harm, non-discrimination, fairness, no presumption of advantage, evidence-based approach, primacy of health and bodily autonomy, stakeholder-centered approach, right to privacy and periodic reviews in their determinations regarding the athletes’ participation.

“The framework is not legally binding,” IOC director of the athletes’ department Kaveh Mehrabi said. “What we are offering to all the international federations is our expertise and a dialogue, rather than jumping to a conclusion. This is a process that we have to go through with each federation on a case by case basis and see what is required.” (Read more from “Olympic Committee to Allow Federations to Determine Criteria for Transgender, Intersex Athletes” HERE)

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