Sport and biology – “Transgender people threaten sports equity”

The international swimming federation will create a third category, open to transgender people. Does that sound like a good idea to you?

Sports organizations are badly stuck, if you pardon me the expression! Men and women develop differently, because they obey genes and hormonal production that are unique to each gender. Depending on whether you have the XX or XY chromosome, there are 450 genes that will be expressed differently in all the cells of the body. Then, this differentiation is extended to adulthood by the hormonal environment, which is not the same for men and women. For male to female transgenders, the only ones who pose a problem in sport, we can stipulate a maximum testosterone value. Trouble is, it doesn’t remove the differences that were previously orchestrated by genes and hormones.

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