A More Inclusive Approach for Female Athletes

November 18, 2021

The International Olympic Committee has revised its regulatory framework to allow greater participation in sports by women who genetically have higher levels of testosterone. The guidelines aren’t binding on other sports federations, but the committee urges the groups to consider similar action. This shift aligns with conclusions that Roger Pielke Jr. and Madeleine Pape offer in Issues, proposing what they call a “more inclusive approach” for classifying female athletes with genetic variations that will fairly allow their participation without undue “scrutiny and regulation of female bodies.”

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