Transgendered Athletes in Professional Sports
If you were born a man and then had a sex change operation to become a woman, should you be allowed to compete at the professional level in women’s sports? I’d like to say yes, but thinking this person would have an unfair advantage.
I’m pondering this issues as Outside Magazine has an interesting article in April 2004 issue (unfortunately not yet available online) about Michelle Dumaresq a Canadian transsexual athlete who was initially embraced but is now being shunned by other female competitors once she started winning some of the premier biking races.
I should also note that in the article, Michelle claims “to correspond with some 115 transgender athletes from all over the world, including a top NCAA women’s basketball player and two women competing on a world-class level in Olympic events.” She goes on to assert that there are “hundreds of athletes out there who have a trans history.” Not sure I really believe that, but I’m assuming this issue won’t come to head until as the article points out we have a transgendered person on the podium at the Olympic Games.
Update [3/17/04 @ 6pm]: For anyone who was curious as to the official policy of the Olympics re transgendered athletes, see below.
Olympics to allow transsexuals to participate
Panel lifts ban on post-surgery trans athletes
By LOU CHIBBARO Friday, December 05, 2003
The International Olympic Committee agreed to allow transsexuals who have undergone sex change surgery to compete in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, and in all future Olympics competitions.
According to the Associated Press, the decision came after the Olympic committee convened an October meeting in Sweden of medical specialists in the field of gender reassignment surgery. The committee was expected to issue an official announcement about the change in the next few weeks, the AP reported.