IOC releases new framework promoting transgender inclusion

Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand, the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Olympics. (Credit: Indian Express)

The International Olympic Committee released the framework following a two-year consultation process with more than 250 athletes and concerned stakeholders, as well as human rights, legal and medical experts.

Lausanne, Nov 17: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) released a new framework on Fairness, Inclusion, and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations on Tuesday.

The IOC releases the framework following a two-year consultation process with more than 250 athletes and concerned stakeholders, including human rights, legal and medical experts. According to the document, the Committee looks to promote a safe and welcoming environment for everyone involved in the elite-level competition. It also acknowledges the central role that eligibility criteria play in ensuring fairness, particularly in high-level organised sport in the women’s category.

The IOC claims that it must be within the remit of each sport and its governing body to determine how an athlete may be at a disproportionate advantage compared with their peers, taking into consideration the nature of each sport. Therefore, it has not issued regulations that define eligibility criteria for every sport, discipline or event across the very different national jurisdictions and sport systems.

The regulatory body released a 10-principle approach to help various sporting bodies develop the criteria that are applicable to their sport. These bodies will also need to consider particular ethical, social, cultural and legal aspects that may be relevant to each situation.

The release of the document was welcomed by many, but lawyers and journalists have accused the IOC of passing the buck onto individual sporting bodies as their guidelines are not “binding.”

The document is issued as part of the IOC’s commitment to respecting human rights (as expressed in Olympic Agenda 2020+5), and as part of the action taken to foster gender equality and inclusion. It replaces and updates previous IOC statements on this matter, including the 2015 Consensus Statement.

SOURCE: ANI, Written By: Namit Kumar