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Transgender Boxers Allowed To Fight For USA Boxing Under New Conditions

USA Boxing has introduced a policy allowing transgender boxers to compete in the category of their choice under specific conditions. reports USA Boxing, the national governing body for amateur and Olympic-style boxing in the United States, introduced a new policy on Dec. 29 that allows transgender boxers to compete in the category of their choice under specific conditions. The move is in alignment with the November 2021 International Olympic Committee Framework on Fairness, Inclusion, and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations.

The new policy, aimed at ensuring fairness and safety for all boxers, acknowledges the unique nature of each sport and grants the authority to individual sports and their governing bodies to determine eligibility criteria. Given that boxing’s International Federation has not yet specified transgender eligibility, USA Boxing underscores its commitment to prioritizing safety and fair competition in the absence of specific guidelines, the outlet reports.

The policy outlines specific conditions for transgender boxers seeking to compete in their identified gender category:

“The athlete, for a minimum of four years after surgery, has had quarterly hormone testing and presents USA Boxing documentation of hormone levels. The athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below five nmol/L for at least 48 months prior to her first competition.”

The requirement for any longer periods is to be based on a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 48 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women’s competition: “The athlete’s total testosterone level in serum must remain below five nmol/L throughout the period of desired eligibility to compete in the female category.”

Conversely, female-to-male transition boxers must declare their gender identity as male, undergo gender reassignment surgery, have quarterly hormone testing for a minimum of four years post-surgery, and maintain a total testosterone level above 10 nmol/L throughout the desired eligibility period, according to

Boxers under the age of 18 must still compete according to their birth gender, and the new policy emphasizes ongoing monitoring of them. Hormone testing and documentation, along with case-by-case evaluations, are intended to ensure that eligibility conditions are consistently met and minimize any potential advantages in competition.

The introduction of this policy reflects an ongoing effort within the sporting community to strike a balance between inclusivity and fair play. The evolving landscape of gender identity and the diverse needs of athletes have prompted organizations to reassess and adapt their policies to create a more equitable playing field.

As the sports world continues to grapple with questions of inclusivity, this move is likely to fuel broader conversations about transgender participation in various athletic disciplines.

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