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“Transjacking” Sports

The Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo (July 24 to August 9, 2020) are about a year away, but controversy is already building. There’s always Olympic controversy, of course, most often about performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).

At the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, host-country athletes and “scientists” were so widely involved in cheating (especially in urinalyses) that the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended Russia be banned from participating in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. That didn’t happen, although Russia was subsequently banned at the ‘18 Winter Games in PyeongChang, although some Russian athletes did compete, as “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” but without the Russian flag or national anthem. (Several of them failed drug tests at the Games.)

Overall, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has a strong and oft-stated interest – one shared by the governing bodies of all participant sports – of keeping the Olympics free of PEDs. This is not just because of the competitive advantages these substances provide but also because of the danger drugs present to the long-term health of athletes.

The ideal of the amateur athlete may be gone from the Games, but a belief in the importance of healthy, natural athletes persists.

Or does it?

The IOC and many – if not most (and by next July perhaps all) – athletic federations now condone some of the most extreme drug use imaginable: mandated testosterone-suppressant drugs for men who wish to compete as women – i.e. male-to-female (MtF) “transgender” athletes.

The debate – if there even is one at this point – is solely about just how suppressed the testosterone level must be in the MtF competitor, which is to be measured both in lowered serum blood levels of the hormone and the length of time those levels have been maintained.

In effect, the IOC and others are saying that what defines a competitor in, say, a women’s 100-meter sprint is simply that hormone level. Here is the IOC formula as it stands: no more than 10 nmols/L (nanomoles per liter) of serum testosterone for at least 12 months prior to competition. As the IOC states: “To require surgical anatomical changes as a precondition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights.”

So, a man may qualify to compete in the upcoming Olympics 100-meter sprint against athletes who were born female if he declares his “gender” to be female, begins a testosterone suppression regime that by July 23, 2019 reaches that 10 nmols/L standard, and then maintains that level as the Games begin on July 24, 2020.

Here’s the thing, whereas the normal range of serum testosterone in men is between 10.41 and 34.70 nmols/L, normal levels for women are between 0.52 and 2.43. This means that an Olympic-qualifying MtF sprinter who, at 10 nmols/L is at the low end of the male testosterone spectrum, will be at more than four times the maximum level for females.

Read more at The Catholic Thing 

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