Trans female athletes competing in women’s sports has become quite a controversy in recent years and months with bills anti-trans bills introduced and even former president Donald Trump speaking out against trans female athletes. A new plan could help address some of those concerns, but one star track and field athlete seems to think it won’t be enough.
The international sports body World Athletics recently submitted a proposal that would limit the maximum amount of testosterone for transgender women to 2.5 nanomoles per liter of blood, which is down from the 5 nanomoles currently enforced. But star shot put champion Amelia Strickler does not think transgender women should be allowed to compete alongside other women at all.
“I think a lot of people are really reluctant to address this and really stick up for women’s sport just because they have contracts [and] sponsors,” Strickler said during an appearance on Fox News. “I know for a fact people’s agents have told them not to speak on it to risk, you know, any kind of tag of homophobic to them, and it’s certainly not about that — it’s about protecting women’s sport.”
Stricker, who was born in Ohio but competes for the British team, won Gold medals at the 2018 British Athletics Championships and 2020 British Indoor Athletic Championships. She worries that transgendered women would take all the records, medals and sponsorships.
“We need to protect the women’s category. Anyone who wants to identify as a woman, by all means, please do sport, but we just have to protect the women’s category so it’s not biological males taking those records, taking those medals, sponsorships, etc. We have to, you know, keep it for women,” Strickler said.