A small survey conducted by a British academic shows that a vast majority of British athletes surveyed feel that the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) rules on transgender female athletes are unfair to biological females.
“In the survey of 15 female British Olympians, most of them answering anonymously, 11 also agreed with the view that ‘it can never be fair for transgender athletes who have been through male puberty to compete in female sport,’ with another declining to answer,” according to The Guardian.
Cathy Devine, who conducted the study, will report her finding at St Mary’s University in London on Wednesday. The IOC’s rules on transgender female athletes, updated in 2015, allow all transgender females – whether they have undergone sex change surgery or not – to compete in any sport, as long as they have dropped their serum testosterone levels to 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 10 months.
Tessa Sanderson, a 1984 Olympic javelin gold medallist, and Sharron Davies, who won a silver medal in swimming in 1980, were two of the respondents to the survey.
“Devine said those surveyed have won seven Olympic and 56 world championship medals between them,” the report said. “She defended the small number of athletes in the study, saying it was a starting point as athletes often did not want to speak out for fear of recriminations.”
One anonymous respondent to the survey said the policy was “unfair.”
“New guidelines do not level the playing field, or protect our human rights to equal opportunities,” she reportedly said. “There was not enough science-based research on elite athletes to make rules. It’s a live experiment where female athletes will lose out until the obvious is proved. Then it will be changed. That’s not fair.”
The IOC defended their decision in to include transgender females. The organization said:
“It is necessary to ensure insofar as possible that trans athletes are not excluded from the opportunity to participate in sporting competition. The overriding sporting objective is and remains the guarantee of fair competition. To require surgical anatomical changes as a precondition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights.”
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“That Stuff Ain’t Happenin’ with [a] Kamala-Biden Ticket”: Fox Sports Broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman Mock Military Jet Flyovers on Hot Mic
The top NFL broadcast duo at Fox Sports, Joe Buck and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, mocked military jet flyovers on a hot mic during Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Aikman started it all by saying, “That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover.”
“That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work!” Buck responded sarcastically.
The most notable and outrageous moment came when Aikman then quipped, “That stuff ain’t happenin’ with [a] Kamala-Biden ticket. I’ll tell you that right now, partner.”
Aikman GLEEFULLY talked about how Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will end them. This is disgusting. pic.twitter.com/sCChJAm1TN
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) October 20, 2020
How embarrassing and disgraceful. The NFL has already lost many conservative fans over its aggressively pro-social justice, pro-Black Lives Matter stance, so I guess it’s no surprise that its commentators and broadcasters would be liberal as well.
Many on social media are reacting to the Buck/Aikman hot mic by saying that the flyovers are a waste of money and that there’s nothing wrong with what they said. Aside from the fact that these flyovers are legitimate training exercises, none of them are focusing on Aikman’s last comment about the “Kamala-Biden ticket” (which is in the wrong order, if you didn’t already notice). He’s implying that flyovers honoring the military are nothing more than a partisan display that Democrats would prefer not to see. That’s shameful.
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