Originally Posted by dreamgoddess099
Well, we may find out how well a transgendered person will do on either tour one day.
We've already seen that. A male player who, at his very best, wasn't a top HUNDRED player, made the top fifty on the women's side at 44.
I don't think the IOC had a choice, and they are trying to be fair, but sooner or later, this is gonna blow up.
Par example, what if an athlete completes 'two years of post-surgical hormonal therapy', goes off homrones for a year to train, and goes back on right before the Olympic trials? (Olympic athletes already take things that can kill them, so this is not exactly far-fetched.) Or doesn't go back on at all, thus fulfilling 'the letter of the law'? Not to mention that a lot of performance enhancing drugs work differently on male physiology than female.
In fairness to the IOC, they are trying to do right by everyone, and in their position, I'd likely do the same thing. But the first time there's a transgendered female gold medalist in a strength sport, there either going to be a drop in particiaption of women in the sport, or a rise in the use of performance enhancing drugs.
Hmmmm... this is worth some research