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International Olympic Committee Revises Rules in Favor of Transgender Athletes

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ESPN’s Christina Kahrl is reporting that the International Olympic Committee has set forth new guidelines for the participation of transgender athletes by placing fewer restrictions when it comes to their ability to compete in the Games.

Per Olympic.org, the revised policy will now allow those who transition from female to male to compete under any and all circumstances.

For those who have transitioned from male to female, they must identify themselves as female, which cannot change from a competition standpoint for four years. Also, the athlete must have an approved testosterone level 12 months prior to competition, maintain the appropriate hormone level throughout competition and pass any potential hormone-level tests.

According to Kahrl, this is in stark contrast to the Olympics’ previous rules, which required gender reassignment surgery in order for transgender athletes to compete. That is no longer part of the policy.

Steve McConkey, President of 4Winds, a nonprofit Christian organization that has been fighting to protect athletes over this issue for a dozen years, says the LGBT agenda is promoting immorality in sports.

McConkey says it is not only an escalating problem in the Olympics and professional sports.

“Currently, most state high school associations allow transgenders to compete on any team they desire to be on,” McConkey said.

PPMC chief medical physicist of radiation oncology Joanna Harper believes the Olympics’ new guidelines are a huge step in the right direction after attending an IOC-organized meeting on the matter:

“The new IOC transgender guidelines fix almost all of the deficiencies with the old rules. Hopefully, organizations such as the ITA will quickly adapt to the new IOC guidelines and all of the outdated trans policies will get replaced soon. …

The waiting period for trans women goes from two years after surgery to one year after the start of HRT. This matches up with the NCAA rules and is as good as anything. The waiting period was perhaps the most contentious item among our group and one year is a reasonable compromise.”

 Cyd Zeigler of Outsports has reported the rules are expected to officially be in place prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro allowing transgender athlete’s the opportunity to qualify for the first time ever.

“The IOC has opened the door for a threat to the Olympics worse than performance enhancing drugs,” says 4WINDS President McConkey.

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