Tennis nice Navratilova, a homosexual rights advocate, instructed The Australian newspaper that the IOC has “fully punted” on the transgender problem as sporting federations evaluation their eligibility guidelines.
Swimming’s world governing physique FINA has banned transgender athletes from female and male competitions, and World Athletics president Lord Coe has given a robust indication that his sport might observe go well with.
The Worldwide Olympic Committee has defended its stance on permitting particular person sports activities to kind transgender insurance policies after Martina Navratilova accused them of passing the buck on the problem.
The Worldwide Tennis Federation, nevertheless, presently permits athletes transitioning from male to feminine to compete in feminine occasions supplied they’ve recorded sufficiently low testosterone ranges for not less than 12 months.
To compete in male occasions, female-to-male athletes should present a written and signed declaration of their gender identification.
Navratilova has questioned the IOC’s determination to depart it to particular person federations to resolve, calling the state of affairs “not possible”.
IOC spokesperson Mark Adams mentioned at a press convention: “We have now to attempt to stability equity and inclusivity, and in the end it’s a really troublesome state of affairs to take care of.
“However what we’re clear about is that every sport ought to – and does – know greatest. Not solely by sport however by disciplines, the place there’s or isn’t a bonus.
“At this stage that’s why we have now a framework, to permit these sports activities to determine and give you these plans.
“That may take a while and we have now to see what comes ahead. It needs to be the one resolution going ahead.
“We can’t come ahead with one brief rule that matches everyone. It needs to be by sport, and even by self-discipline.
“We settle for there shall be criticism. That’s inevitable. However we’ll do our greatest to stability equity and inclusivity so far as we are able to in elite sports activities.”
The IOC additionally confirmed on Friday that the qualifying occasions and boxing competitions for the 2024 Paris Olympics won’t be run below the authority of the Worldwide Boxing Affiliation.
This follows issues over the IBA’s governance, monetary stability and sustainability, in addition to its refereeing and judging system.
Whether or not or not boxing shall be included at Los Angeles Olympics in 2028 shall be mentioned at a later stage.