Transgender athletes cannot compete – level 2
Halba Diouf, a transgender woman, had a dream to compete in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
She trained hard for the 200-meter race, but her hopes stopped in March when the World Athletics Council banned athletes like her from competing in women’s events. The council excluded male-to-female transgender athletes to protect the female category, which was often the main reason to exclude trans women from sports competitions. Until recently, female transgender athletes could compete in top events as long as their natural testosterone levels were below 5 nanomoles per liter of blood. Many people criticized this for ethical reasons.
In March 2023, World Athletics reduced the natural testosterone level to 2.5 nanomoles per liter of blood and it must be maintained for two years.
Difficult words: transgender (a woman who identifies as a man or a man who identifies as a woman), exclude (to keep out), ethical (relating to what people believe is good and right).
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What ethical considerations were raised when the World Athletics Council initially set the natural testosterone level to 5 nanomoles per liter of blood?
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