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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Transsexuals allowed in the Olympics

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posted on May, 17 2004 @ 04:23 PM
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Transsexuals have been cleared to compete in the Olympics for the first time.

Under a proposal approved Monday by the IOC executive board, athletes who have undergone sex-change surgery will be eligible for the Olympics if their new gender has been legally recognized and they have gone through a minimum two-year period of postoperative hormone therapy.

The decision, which covers both male-to-female and female-to-male cases, goes into affect starting with this summer's Athens Olympics. The IOC had put off a decision on so-called transgender athletes in February, saying more time was needed to consider all the medical issues.

Some members had been concerned whether male-to-female transsexuals would have physical advantages competing against 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.



posted on May, 17 2004 @ 05:43 PM
What difference does it make, really? Once you chop them off, your advantages are gone, (the testosterone, kids) so the field is level once again.

Just don't let them pee standing up.

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