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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Pro-Trump UFC Fighter Offers to Fight on White House Lawn During Coronavirus Pandemic
Colby Covington wants to put on a show for his fans.
While most professional sports have shut down, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is still hoping to put on mixed martial arts fights during the coronavirus pandemic.
UFC promoter Dana White intends to put on his UFC 249 pay-per-view broadcast next month despite major problems in finding a venue and fighters willing to participate in the event. He refuses to say where the event, which is scheduled to take place on Apr. 18, will ultimately take place.
“Believe me, people have been talking about that,” White said of the potential for holding UFC 249 on an aircraft carrier. “I haven’t resorted to that yet, but that’s probably coming soon.”
White, an avid supporter of President Donald Trump who hosted the President at a UFC event last year, blames the fake news media for making it so difficult for him to promote a fight during the pandemic.
“A lot of these media guys are absolute and total f**king scumbags,” he said. “As soon as you let them know what you’re doing, all they’re trying to do is f**k up everything that you’ve worked. So I’ve literally told every one of these guys to go f**k themselves and I’m not telling any of them what I’m doing, where I’m doing it.”
Former UFC champion and outspoken bad boy Colby Covington has a suggestion for White on where to hold the event: the White House lawn. Covington offered to fight another former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in a free exhibition at any time.
“The offer still stands UFC. I’ll go full Teddy Roosevelt & beat the breaks off Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley live from The White House lawn! Save sports and make it free on ESPN for the people! Im in such a giving mood I’ll even arrange a tour of the oval office for Tyrone, since Obama never did,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
Covington is one of the most outspoken Trump supporters in all of professional sports, building his entire public image around his support of the President.
“The haters are saying I’m the underdog,” Covington said in 2018. “You know who else was the underdog? The ruler of our nation Donald Trump. And just like Trump I’m gonna grab these p**sies and put them in their place.”
In an iconic photograph, Covington can be seen presenting his former UFC title to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
“He didn’t have to spend as much time as he did with us, and he legitimately gave us 30 minutes – just (expletive), told us some funny stories, he likes chicks, he likes wrestling, he likes MMA. And he was just telling us stories and just being a regular guy. He’s down to earth. He’s just a regular guy,” Covington said following his meeting with the President.
Covington hopes to make the UFC great again, and give lockdown-weary Americans something to excite them, with a patriotic display of ultimate fighting outside of the White House.
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