The International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) has revised its policies seemingly in response to the uproar sparked by a trans woman’s dominance in female competitions and setting records in the process.
“It’s Been Very Disheartening. Athletes Have Been Chasing That for Years. And We’re Talking Top Athletes Who Have Been Training and Training and Training”
Anne Andres, a 40-year-old trans woman competitor who claims to have transitioned to female two decades ago, recently emerged victorious over all female competitors at the Canadian Powerlifting Union’s 2023 Western Canadian Championship, with a combined lift of 1,317 pounds, surpassing the second-place finisher by over 450 pounds.
Since identifying as a female powerlifter in 2020, Andres has consistently shattered records, including in the most recent competition, as reported by Breitbart.
After this controversy, female competitive powerlifter April Hutchinson expressed discontent with Andres’ record-breaking performance.
Hutchinson expressed, “It’s been very disheartening. Athletes have been chasing that for years. And we’re talking top athletes who have been training and training and training.”
“My Boyfriend Could Basically Walk in Tomorrow, Identify as a Female, Compete, and Then the Next Day, Go Back To Being a Man Again”
Addressing the ease of changing gender identification, Hutchinson added, “My boyfriend could basically walk in tomorrow, identify as a female, compete, and then the next day, go back to being a man again. No proof, no ID required, just basically going on how you feel that day or whatever gender you want to it.”
Subsequently, several female athletes reportedly opted out of competitions following Andres’ participation. The IPF has taken heed of the athletes’ concerns to some extent.
A week later, changes were introduced to the policy, prompting a positive response from Hutchinson. “Today is a huge win for women and girls in sports,” she declared.
The new policy requires nations under the IPF to align with their regulations; failure to do so risks suspension.
Interval Testing and Laboratory Examinations Upon Request.
The revised policy emphasizes testosterone levels, necessitating interval testing and laboratory examinations upon request.
Transgender athletes must declare their “gender identity” before competing and provide a “valid passport bearing a female gender.”
This declaration remains unchanged for a minimum of four years.
Though Hutchinson and activist/former athlete Riley Gaines noted that the change was not a perfect solution, they recognized it as a step in the right direction.
“We Have To Appreciate Small Victories To Win the Bigger War on Women”
Gaines remarked, “Reminder that women are more than a testosterone level. We have to appreciate small victories to win the bigger war on women.”
Simultaneously, the International Weight Lifting Federation (IWF) has also adapted its transgender policy, introducing an “open division” for transgender competitors and updating guidelines for male and female competitions.
While accommodating transgender ideologies, the new rules maintain specific parameters.
Competitors must participate under the gender assigned at birth or have completed “hormonal transition before completion of puberty.”
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