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Shame: 2018 Winter Olympics Allows Men Claiming to be 'Women' to Compete against Real Women

Dorothy Cummings McLean-Opinion : Feb 12, 2018 :

The losers will, of course, be women, and women's sports...

[] For the first time in Olympic history, men who identify as "women" are being allowed to compete against women during the Winter Games in South Korea. (Photo: International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland/via The National Herald)

Reports Larry Brown Sports:

For the first time, the IOC [International Olympic Committee] has ruled that transgender athletes can take part in the Olympics. Female-to-male athletes can compete "without restriction," while male-to-female athletes must undergo hormone therapy. Previously, IOC guidelines called for athletes to have reassignment surgery followed by at least two years of hormone therapy in order to be eligible. The only remaining regulation is that male-to-female athletes must demonstrate that their testosterone levels have consistently been below the cutoff point for at least one full year prior to competition.

It remains unclear if there are, in fact, any openly transgender athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Speaking as a former amateur boxer, I am all agog at the thought of a female-to-male transsexual actually qualifying for an Olympic spot. "Faster, higher, stronger" is not only the motto of the Olympics, it sums up the relationship of elite male athletes to elite female athletes. For example, Florence Griffith Joyner of the USA ran 100 meters in 10.49 seconds. Usain Bolt of Jamaica did it in 9.58 seconds.

In sports, that's a big margin.

No woman has broken Flo-Jo's record since she set it in 1988, which underscores what an accomplishment it was for a woman to reach that speed. The first men recorded running the 100-meter dash in under 10 seconds did so in 1968. Scores of men have finished the Men's 100-meter faster than Flo-Jo finished the Women's. So, really, I am not expecting a female-to-male transsexual to give Usain Bolt a run for his money anytime soon.

But neither am I expecting Flo-Jo's record for the women's 100-meter to stand much longer, especially when men who claim to be "women" are attempting to break the record.

It will fall, perhaps by an impressive amount, but the victor won't inspire girls around the world. The victor, although identifying as a woman, will probably never have been a girl. The most likely athlete to break the women's record will be the athlete who has had the incomparable advantage of having once been a teenage boy...

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