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               Contents/Editorial                                                                                                  THE JOURNAL OF SPORT,  LEISURE & RISK  WITH AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE         November 2021

             CONTENTS                                                                                                              The Transgender debate intensifies –

                                                                                                                                   current policies are not ‘fit for purpose’.

              Click to go to page:                                                                                                 In the last edition of Touchline, we reported  sport up to national level - not international,
                                                                                                                                   on the transgender and intersex debate            professional or elite sport, but will have
              Editorial                                                                                  3                         within sport which was highlighted by             impact universally across sport.
                                                                                                                                   Florida Governor Ron DeSantis passing a
              35 years of sport – what a journey!                                                        5                         bill that barred transgender athletes from        The guidance points to research and
                                                                                                                                   competing in high school and college              evidence that there are “retained
              Tokyo 2020: A Very 21st Century Olympics                                                   10                        women’s events.                                   differences in strength, stamina
                                                                                                                                                                                     and physique between the average
              Women in Sport: it just keeps getting better                                               13                        There were those who felt that this               woman compared with the average
                                                                                                                                   legislation promoted fairness; providing a        transgender woman or non-binary
              Interview with Matt Carroll, Australian Olympic Committee CEO                              16                        level playing field for natal female athletes.    person registered male at birth, with or
                                                                                                                                   There were others who objected to it on           without testosterone suppression”, and
                                                                                                                                   the basis that it promulgated exclusion           concludes that testosterone suppression
              Brisbane 2032                                                                              22
                                                                                                                                   when sport should be about inclusion and          is unlikely to guarantee fairness between
                                                                                                                                   opportunity for everyone.                         transgender women and natal females
              Interview with Rob Dalton, CEO of Sport Australia                                          24
                                                                                                                                                                                                       in gender-affected
                                                                                                                                                                                                       sports. This conclusion
              Looking Ahead: Sport in 2022                                                               26
                                                                                                                                                                                                       is in conflict with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       guidance issued by the
              Brazilian Jiu-jitsu: the gentle art of taking someone down                                 28                           For many sports, the inclusion of                                International Olympic

                                                                                                                                      transgender people, fairness and                                 Committee (IOC) in
              At Risk                                                                                    30
                                                                                                                                      safety cannot co-exist in a single                               2015 stating transgender
                                                                                                                                      competitive model”. The guidance                                 women must suppress
              Sports Shorts                                                                              34                                                                                            testosterone levels for at
                                                                                                                                      covers community sport up to                                     least 12 months before
              Building on Success                                                                        37                           national level - not international,                              competition.
                                                                                                                                      professional or elite sport, but will

              The Fostering of Champions                                                                 40                           have impact universally across sport.                            In our previous Touchline
                                                                                                                                                                                                       article, we referred to
              Transitioning from elite sport – the case studies                                          42                                                                                            New Zealander Laurel
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Hubbard who started
              Legal Focus                                                                                46                        Now a wide-ranging review of transgender          out in men’s weightlifting events and
                                                                                                                                   inclusion in non-elite sport in the UK has        then transitioned to compete in women’s
              World Sports News Roundup                                                                  50                        concluded that the current policies are ‘not      weightlifting at the age of 35. She
                                                                                                                                   fit for purpose’ and require updating.            appeared at the Tokyo Olympics, making
                                                                                                                                   The Sports Councils Equality Group (SCEG)  Games history by being the first openly
                                                                                                                                   said “for many sports, the inclusion of           transgender athlete to compete at a
                                                                                                                                   transgender people, fairness and safety           Games in a different gender category to
                                                                                                                                   cannot co-exist in a single competitive           the one in which they were born, but did
                                                                                                                                   model”. The guidance covers community             not medal.

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