What Do The New Olympic Rules Mean For Trans Athletes?

The IOC finally addresses the status of trans champions like triathlete Chris Mosier.

The International Olympic Committee has drafted new guidelines for transgender athletes in advance of the upcoming Summer Games in Rio.

Outsports received a copy of the as-yet-released policies, which stem from a meeting on “Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism.”

“The new IOC transgender guidelines fix almost all of the deficiencies with the old rules,” radiologist Joanna Harper, who was at the November gathering, told OutSports.


“Hopefully, organizations such as the ITA will quickly adapt to the new IOC guidelines and all of the outdated trans policies will get replaced soon,” says Harper, who is trans.

The new rules clarify there are no restrictions for trans men in compete in male events.

Chris Mosier

Triathlete Chris Mosier, who earned a qualifying spot in the U.S. Duathlete Championship and potentially on the U.S. Olympics team, was among those whose eligibility was unclear.

The new rules also removes the need for trans women to undergo gender-conformation surgery in order to compete in women’s events.

They must, however, have been on hormone therapy for a year.

“This matches up with the NCAA rules and is as good as anything,” says Harper. “The waiting period was perhaps the most contentious item among our group and one year is a reasonable compromise.”

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