LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Olympic sport of triathlon said wednesday transgender women can continue to compete in the female category at international events, although it imposes stricter eligibility rules.
World Triathlon follows a less strict line than the governing body of swimming FINA that effectively banned transgender athletes of international women’s competitions in June and proposed creating an “open” category.
The triathlon’s policy of requiring transgender athletes to exhibit a lower maximum level of testosterone – 2.5 nanomoles per liter – maintained for at least two years is consistent with Cycling rules announced in June.
Any transgender woman who “has competed in a sports competition as a man” must wait at least four years before being allowed to compete in women’s events, according to World Triathlon.
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Triathlon is a women’s Olympic event endurance test in which athletes swim 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles), cycle 40 kilometers (25 miles), and run 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
“The policy we have just approved shows that we prioritize the principle of fairness, but show inclusiveness,” World Triathlon President Marisol Casado said in a statement.
“It is completely tailored to the recommendation of the IOCand similar to what other (governing bodies) have been doing in recent months,” said Casado, who is a member of the International Olympic Committee along with International Cycling Union (UCI) leader David Lappartient.
The UCI cited the “important role muscle and strength play” in cycling in setting the rules.
World Triathlon said the policy will come into effect “in 30 days”.