9 August 2023

Male bodies in women's sports: finally something is moving

It's about time: FIDAL, the Italian Athletics Federation, complies with the directives of World Athletics to ensure fairness in women's sports competitions by dictating strict conditions for the participation of trans women athletes. Meanwhile, Martina Navratilova makes it clear that 'women's tennis is not for failed males' by rebelling against an injustice that, she says, 'is patriarchy'.
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While tennis player Martina Navratilova is slammed with contumely for stating the obvious, namely that she is tired of seeing male bodies thriving in women's tennis (the latest case being that of the trans USA Alicia Rowley, you see it in the centre in the opening photo) adding that "women's tennis is not for failed males'. and that 'it is patriarchal for biological men to insist on the right to compete in the female category in sport' (The Republic speaks with dismay and disapproval of a''unexpected entry'unexpected perhaps only by Republicas Navratilova has always fought to save women's sports)... a Positive news finally comes from FIDAL, the Italian Athletics Federation.

In a regulation passed on 2 August it is specified that all transgender (FtM) athletes must submit a self-declaration of male gender identity to the health sector contact person and follow federal health protocol; but it is especially for the MtF athletes that the shirts are tightened. In fact, sportswomen who were born male and switched to female in order to compete in the women's categories: 
1. must not have experienced any form of male puberty subsequent to Tanner staging (marking the beginning of pubertal development in women) or after the age of 12 (in essence, their bodies must not have developed male)
2. since puberty must have continuously maintained the serum testosterone concentration below 2.5 nmol/L e must also continue to maintain the above-mentioned testosterone concentration within the above limit for as long as they intend to be eligible in the female gender.

If these requirements are not met you forfeit your eligibility in the new gender and possibly lose your records and titles.

The FIDAL,' it says, 'has adopted these standards as prescribed by World Athletics to ensure fair and equal conditions of opportunity in sporting competitions.
The perfectly common sense decision, however, comes in long delay. Here are the new FIDAL regulations.

La FISPES, Italian Federation of Paralympic and Experimental Sports (to which it refers Valentina Petrillothe most famous case of a trans MtF athlete in Italy) has not yet adapted to these new rules. Indeed, Petrillo's presence ensures considerable visibility and publicity for the category. So, barring any last-minute changes of course, for Paralympic athletes, the situation will not change.

Marina Terragni (disclosure by Fausta Quilleri)


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