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IOC OK's Transsexual Athletes in Olympics
Yahoo! News ^ | today | STEPHEN WILSON

Posted on 11/13/2003 3:02:53 PM PST by jra

LONDON - Athletes who have undergone sex change operations will be eligible to compete in the Olympics for the first time under new rules being finalized by the IOC (news - web sites).

The International Olympic Committee convened a meeting in Sweden last month of medical experts in the field and will announce its policy in the next few weeks.

"We will have no discrimination," IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch told The Associated Press on Thursday. "The IOC will respect human rights."

Details are still being worked out, but Schamasch said transsexual athletes will be eligible for the Olympics once they have passed a certain amount of time after sex-change surgery.

"The trend is to have an ineligibility period," he said. "Then after certain conditions have been fulfilled, the athlete will be able to compete in his or her new sex."

The exact length of the waiting period hasn't been determined. Schamasch said officials want to make sure that any side effects of hormone therapy have worn off.

Schamasch said he didn't know whether there were any potential transsexual athletes in line to compete in next summer's Athens Olympics, but noted that several international sports federations have asked the IOC for guidance.

"We need to be proactive," he said.

The rule covers both male-to-female and female-to-male cases.

Some contend transsexual athletes have a physical advantage against other women. Men have higher levels of testosterone and greater muscle-to-fat ratio and heart and lung capacity. However, doctors say, testosterone levels and muscle mass drop after hormone therapy and sex-change surgery.

Until 1999, the IOC conducted gender verification tests at the Olympics but the controversial screenings were dropped before the 2000 Sydney Games (news - web sites).

One reason for the change was that not all women have standard female chromosomes. In addition, there are cases of people who have ambiguous genitalia or other congenital conditions.

Over the decades, there have been various accusations of men impersonating women and competing in the Olympics.

"The eligibility of transsexuals to participate needs to be clarified and dealt with," Arne Ljungqvist, the IOC medical commission chairman who organized the meeting of experts in Stockholm.

One of the best-known cases of transsexuals in sports involves Renee Richards, formerly Richard Raskin, who played on the women's tennis tour in the 1970s.

Recently, Canada's Michelle Dumaresq made news competing as a mountain bike racer. Formerly Michael, Dumaresq had sex reassignment surgery in 1996 and competed for Canada at last year's World Championships in Austria. She finished 24th in the downhill discipline.

"I'm in contact with several other athletes with a trans history and some could qualify for the next Olympics," she said in an e-mail message. Dumaresq still has a license to race. While mountain biking is an Olympic event, her discipline is not.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: genderiddisorder; homsexualagenda; ioc; olympics
We're doomed...doomed, I tell ya!
1 posted on 11/13/2003 3:02:54 PM PST by jra
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To: jra
Let them only compete against other transexuals.
2 posted on 11/13/2003 3:07:39 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: jra
Sex reassignment surgery?
3 posted on 11/13/2003 3:09:22 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: jra
HUH??????????
4 posted on 11/13/2003 3:10:29 PM PST by buffyt (Howard Dean opens his mouth only to CHANGE FEET!)
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To: jra
What about the crab people?
5 posted on 11/13/2003 3:12:18 PM PST by Loyalist (Contents of this tagline may have settled during shipping.)
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To: jra
As if I needed another reason to ignore the Olympics...
6 posted on 11/13/2003 3:14:27 PM PST by AngryJawa ("The bang is great, but the shockwave is where itís at.")
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To: jra
This wont effect men at all since women who have undergone the transformation wont be able to physically compete, It will certainly effect womens sports though as men who have the change will be stronger and faster than real women.Of course the whole thing is a boatload of crap but who am I to tell the Olympic Committee that having your genitals changed doesnt make you that gender ,it only changes your plumbing.
7 posted on 11/13/2003 3:14:51 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: jra
Hell, didn't the East German women's teams do that for years anyway? No shock here.
8 posted on 11/13/2003 3:15:16 PM PST by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: sgtbono2002
IIRC, the Thai "men's" volleyball team is already littered with a slew of these...um, athletes.
9 posted on 11/13/2003 3:16:20 PM PST by AngryJawa ("The bang is great, but the shockwave is where itís at.")
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To: jra
I thought this was already policy, just look at the women Russia sends every 4yrs. Scary dudes!
10 posted on 11/13/2003 3:19:38 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Libertybelle321
No first-hand experience, but Thailand is infamous for all things sexual - not just trannies. Don't know why...
12 posted on 11/13/2003 3:27:31 PM PST by AngryJawa ("The bang is great, but the shockwave is where itís at.")
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To: jra
Old news --- the Chinese "women's" swim team, for example.
13 posted on 11/13/2003 3:28:59 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: jra
Meeting held in "Sweden"?
Kinda a conflict in interest to let Sweden ...the originators of the "sex change" operation
have input?
14 posted on 11/13/2003 3:30:48 PM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: jra

Alexeyev

Soon to enter olympic womens weight lifting after coming out of retirement and getting in touch with his feminine side!

15 posted on 11/13/2003 3:48:16 PM PST by Calamari
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To: jra
Are we sure this isn't an "Onion" post?
16 posted on 11/13/2003 3:54:38 PM PST by Clock King
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To: jra
"We will have no discrimination," IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch told The Associated Press on Thursday. "The IOC will respect human rights."

Details are still being worked out, but Schamasch said transsexual athletes will be eligible for the Olympics once they have passed a certain amount of time after sex-change surgery.

"The trend is to have an ineligibility period," he said. "Then after certain conditions have been fulfilled, the athlete will be able to compete in his or her new sex."

What about the human rights of women who don't want to compete against men who are mutilated freaks?

Won't transexuals be disqualified for their steroid use?

Will the IOC also now allow women with the XXX chromosome to compete?


17 posted on 11/13/2003 3:55:21 PM PST by Sabertooth (No Drivers' Licences for Illegal Aliens. Petition SB60. http://www.saveourlicense.com/n_home.htm)
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To: jra
The logical result of this non-discriminatory thinking is that there will be no distinction between men's and women's events. Of course, very few females will compete in any olympic sport and in order to compete will have to create their own separate olympic games, starting the whole thing over again.
18 posted on 11/13/2003 4:06:29 PM PST by JmyBryan
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To: sgtbono2002
Truly-this is the end of women's sports at the Olympics. No natural women will be able to compete in the future.
19 posted on 11/13/2003 4:12:40 PM PST by 91B (Golly it's hot.)
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To: Sabertooth
This is going to bring a whole NEW meaning to the term "Bi-athelon"!
20 posted on 11/14/2003 1:58:41 PM PST by RivieraRocket
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To: jra
Like the physicians said, post-surgical transsexuals do not have elevated levels of testosterone. In fact, they actually have lower levels of testosterone than women. The testosterone is what gives men an advantage.

The chomosome counts were grossly unfair to women who had androgen insensitivity syndrome. They could not respond to testerosterone in any fashion. They did not have any advantage. However, when the chromosome count came back they were XY, the information was spread all over the media. The result was they were publicly humiliated. Intersex conditions are not the fault of the individual.
21 posted on 11/15/2003 8:12:52 AM PST by punster
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