‘Very disappointing’: Sport Australia’s response to trans inclusion in female sport

Liberal Senator Claire Chandler says Sport Australia’s response to questions about trans women’s inclusion in female sport is “very disappointing”.

The UK peak sports councils released a landmark report on transgender participation in sport, which outlined guidelines for encouraging inclusion in sport – whilst also guaranteeing competitive fairness and safety.

The report stated trans women retain a physical advantage when competing in female sport, even when testosterone levels are reduced significantly.

Most sports follow the International Olympic Committee’s guidelines, which allow trans women to compete in women’s sport if testosterone levels are suppressed below 10nmol per litre.

Ms Chandler said a journalist from the Daily Telegraph went to Sport Australia and asked for their opinion – given “their guidelines that inclusion in sport should be based on gender identity is effectively undermined.”

“They’ve said: ‘well, we still like our guidelines better’," Ms Chandler said.

“Once again, in the face of not only a huge body of evidence that clearly demonstrates that women’s sport should be for women, but also in very broad community sentiment to the same extent.”