Transgender Olympians

Apparently, they are concerned that they may be ridiculed.

Two British athletes who were born male and are on the verge of competing in women’s events at next month’s Olympics are said to be fearful of being exposed and ridiculed.

The athletes have not been named but are so fearful they would “probably drop back” if they found themselves in a medal-winning position, the Mail on Sunday reported.

It said they would become the world’s first transgender Olympians at Rio, if selected.

That would be hailed as a human rights victory on the one hand, but be controversial, with critics arguing that male-to-female competitors have an unfair biological advantage in terms of size, muscle mass and lung capacity, the newspaper said.

Delia Johnston, an adviser to several sporting bodies on transgender issues, said the two had already represented Britain at “a European championship sporting event”.One of them was a potential Olympic medal-winner, having achieved an “awesome” personal best earlier this year, she said.

Their gender status is known to the organisations governing their sports but not to rivals from other nations.

The two transitioned from men to women some years ago and have since “competed in their assigned gender, she said.

“They should be selected but they fear they will be deemed too tricky – too many issues, too much negativity,’ she said.

‘If they were in a gold or silver medal position they would probably drop back because their fear of ridicule and total humiliation is so massive,” she told the Mail on Sunday.

If I had been on a journey with my son or daughter, and they made it to the Olympics after years of early starts, taxi services, fundraising and travel expenses, only to lose to a woman who has all the genetic advantages of a man because she achieved her female status through surgery and drugs, I’m not sure I’d be ridiculing the transgender athlete as much as I would be deeply angry about the unlevel playing field.

We’ve seen that para-Olympians can outperform able-bodied athletes because of their prosthetics giving them an advantage rather than disadvantage. Similarly, a person who for all intents and purposes was physically realised as a man, in spite of the person inhabiting the body identifying as a woman, doesn’t actually lose any of the genetic advantages just because you lop it off and tuck it in.

I’ve promoted the idea of a Freak Olympics where there simply are no rules. People can surgically enhance, use drugs, do whatever it takes as long as they stick to the rules of the specific sport or discipline. I bet you 1000-1 that the Freak Olympics would be successful financially and a ratings winner.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is probably the natural home of people born as men who surgically changed to women, and then want to claim they are faster, better or stronger than any other woman conceived and naturally developed without surgery or assistance from drug companies.

 

– Stuff


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