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IOC announces new framework for transgender athletes

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced a new framework for transgender and intersex athletes, dropping policies that required competing athletes to undergo “medically unnecessary” procedures or treatment.

In a six-page document Tuesday, the IOC outlined 10 principles, which it described as “grounded on the respect for internationally recognised human rights,” that sports competitions should follow.

Importantly, it said it will no longer require athletes to undergo hormone level modifications to compete.

“This Framework recognises both the need to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their gender identity or sex variations, can practise sport in a safe, harassment-free environment that recognises and respects their needs and identities,” the committee said.

The new framework is not legally binding and was developed following an “extensive consultation” with athletes, other sports organizations and experts in the fields of human rights, law and medicine, the IOC said.

The changes come just three months after the Tokyo Olympics, which saw the first transgender and intersex athletes compete in the Games’ history.

LGBTQ advocates welcomed the IOC’s new guidelines but stressed that following the implementation process is necessary.

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