Women’s Sports Are Under Threat at Every Level-Including the Olympics | Opinion

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Less than five months from opening ceremonies for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, a cloud hangs over the summer games. Will biological males be allowed to compete for and win women’s medals?
The threat is not hypothetical. Last month, it was revealed that swimmer Lia Thomas has initiated legal action that, if successful, would allow Thomas to seek a spot on the U.S. women’s national team that will compete in Paris this summer. Thomas might be the most famous recent example of males seeking access to women’s competitions, but the swimmer is not alone. In 2021, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard made history as the first openly transgender athlete to compete in an individual event at the Summer Olympics. Others will surely follow.
Once a rare occurrence, today trans-identifying males are attempting to enter women’s sports in alarming numbers. Just last month, a male golfer placed first at the NXXT Women’s Classic in Florida, and is now on track to someday join the LPGA tour. At the high school and college levels, instances of males competing in women’s sports abound. It is only a matter of time before more such athletes seek spots on their country’s national teams.
Unfortunately, like almost every organization forced to confront this burgeoning issue, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is attempting to pass the buck. In November 2022, the IOC issued guidelines that effectively transfer responsibility for determining eligibility to compete in women’s events to sport-specific governing bodies. Notably, the committee urges these bodies to craft rules that prioritize

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