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?