American transgender runner CeCe Telfer ruled ineligible for US Olympic trials

Transgender runner CeCe Telfer is ineligible to compete in the US Olympic trials upon an international ruling.

Telfer failed to meet health requirements for the women’s 400-meter hurdles established by the governing body, World Athletics. ESPN reports, “Telfer was entered in this week’s trials, but World Athletics put out new guidelines in 2019 that closed off international women’s events of between 400 meters and a mile to athletes whose testosterone levels were at 5 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) or more.”

Transgender athletes are permitted to participate in the Olympics if they maintain certain testosterone levels. To do so, World Athletic guidelines suggest athletes may use “an oral contraceptive pill, a monthly injection of a hormone therapy drug or by surgery to remove their testicles.”

Numerous transgender individuals have been allowed into the Olympic trials and upcoming Tokyo games, including BMX rider Chelsea Wolfe and weightlifter Laurel Hubbard. Tefler’s agent told CNN in a statement: “The model of grace in the face of adversity, CeCe will respect USA Track & Field’s decision on her eligibility to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials this Friday in Eugene.”



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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