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Dutee Chand comes out in favour of transgender women athletes’ participation in world competitions

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: Dutee Chand, India’s leading sprinter, who was dubbed a “man” after failing the hyperandrogenism (male testosterone) test and later undergoing a gender verification test administered by the national athletics federation (AFI), has come out in support of transgender athletes, who are barred from competing in women’s international competitions by several global governing sports bodies such as swimming, rugby, and cycling.

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Duttee, who twice bagged medals in the Asian Games, said on Wednesday that sports administrators are doing discrimination against transgender athletes from competing in international events.

Why is this bias policy? Others don’t like to see transgender success in the international arena. Everyone, despite her or his gender, has the right to take part in any competition. She stated this view from her training base in Trivandrum.

It is unfair to make things difficult for them. Everyone should accept them. Dutee has been raising her voice for a long time and fighting for the rights of transgender athletes.

Swimming’s world governing body—FINA—did not allow transgender female athletes to participate in world-class competitions unless they began medical treatments to suppress the production of testosterone before going through one of the early stages of puberty, or by age 12, whichever occurred later.

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Soon after, the International Rugby League and the International Cycling Union came up with strong restrictions on transgender women from taking part in women’s international competitions. Meanwhile, the World Football governing body, FIFA, World Athletics, and World Netball Federation have been reviewing the situation regarding transgender participation procedures.

The 26-year-old 100m and 200m sprinter from Odisha said that such transgender athletes should come forward to fight for their rights.

Wasim Haque


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