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The International Olympics Committee have decided to allow transgender athletes to take part in this year's Olympics without undergoing sex reassignment surgery.

Previously, according to guidelines set in place by the IOC in 2003, transgender athletes were required to have sex reassignment surgery followed by at least two years of hormone therapy in order to be eligible to compete.
But now, surgery would not be a requirement for female-to-male transgender athletes, allowing them to participate in men's competitions. For male-to-female transgender athletes however, the athletes are required to demonstrate that their testosteron level is below a certain cutoff point for at least a year before the competition.

These rules that the IOC has implemented for the upcoming Olympics in Rio are simply recommendations and other sports federations are not required to follow suit.

Sports fans, what are your thoughts on the matter?

Is the IOC taking the right steps? Can this affect the outcome of different sporting events ? And can we expect to see changes in other sporting bodies such as the MLB or NFL?

Comment below on what you think!

@Straightshooter Haha I'm not saying I don't get it. I do get it. I'm just not grasping the validity of the experiment because I don't believe that humans are born to act and think in certain ways as soon as they are born. And I would be interested to see how things would turn out if boys were given barbie dolls as soon as they were born and girls were given cars when they were born. I do believe that by the time they turn 4, they might not act the same way that they did in the experiment you are talking about.
@nicolejb Same exact question that I had! I wasn't so sure about it either...
@shagnasty360 I'd actually be interested in seeing more integrated athletics. I think it should always be down to who plays the best and shows the most sportsmanship. Personally I'm glad the Olympics are becoming more inclusive especially since gender confirmation surgery and hormones are both incredibly expensive and not accessible in every country. That being said, why isn't everyone's testosterone levels being counted? While it's true that most people who are assigned male at birth have higher testosterone, that's not a hard and fast rule and has far more to do with genetics than sex or gender identity. You might as well start going by players' chromosomes (which is just as arbitrary- despite what a lot of us learned in basic Bio an XX chromosome doesn't automatically result in female sex organ and an XY similarly doesn't automatically result in a male sex organ).
I fully respect them wanting to be called by the opposite sex. What ever you want to identify as I'll call you that. When it comes to Olympic sports I can't say I fully support it. In reality it's a dude beating up on some women or a bunch of dudes beating up on a woman.
@shannonl5 I actually don't know about intersex people either. I'll definitely have to look into that!
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