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Both male-to-female and female-to-male transgender athletes have been banned from professional competition by USA Powerlifting.

The organisation cites unfair advantages these athletes would have over the their competitors. 'Male-to-female' athletes would have gone through male puberty, have male bone structure, and other physiological advantages over their female competitors. 'Female-to-male' athletes would be using androgens which conflicts with policy on steroids and is not subject to a Therapeutic Use Exemption sometimes granted for medication.

Their transgender policy can be read here: https://www.usapowerlifting.com/tran...pation-policy/

What do you think?

I think this is fair and should see wider implementation in professional sport. These athletes have gained advantages over their competitors by entering settings not intended for their physiology, and some are essentially doping. If you want to compete in a professional sport, you should satisfy the conditions of actually being male or female and not be on steroids that would give you an advantage.
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This makes sense but it must feel bad for trans weightlifters who aren't eligible to take part at a competitive level.
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Makes sense, the same policy should apply to all sports. There was a story of a male-to-female MMA fighter/wrestler or something and "she" absolutely crushed her opponent, obviously due her having many male traits and the strength/speed benefits that come with it.
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Could happen in the tennis scene too, bloke ranked 25 in the world feels like trying to reach a Wimbledon final in an unusual way. If he felt like it...
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Could happen in the tennis scene too, bloke ranked 25 in the world feels like trying to reach a Wimbledon final in an unusual way. If he felt like it...
It's a lose-lose situation as a man entering a women's competition, though. If you win, then you're just some ******** who beat a bunch of women. And if you lose, then it's humiliating because you just lost to a bunch of women... Either way, you won't look good.
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(Original post by Dandaman1)
It's a lose-lose situation as a man entering a women's competition, though. If you win, then you're just some ******** who beat a bunch of women. And if you lose, then it's humiliating because you just lost to a bunch of women... Either way, you won't look good.
Doesn't seem to bother (insert appropriate pronoun):

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard went into the women’s +90kg finals at the Commonwealth Games as favourite, expected not only to win but also perhaps break records.
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/09/transgender-weightlifter-laurel-hubbards-eligibility-under-scrutiny

Equality gone mad, available at every superstore soon.
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lol Trans weight lifters. A 20 stone guy built like a brick sh*t house in a dress dominating the womens competition. This the problem to it all. Look at the strong man competitions. They are huge guys. Pull trucks and planes. What if in this spirit of equality one of them decided to be trans and wanted to compete against women. 7 foot 400lbs+ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson deadlifting 1200lbs vs female power lifters
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Seems pretty reasonable really.
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At the rate we are going individual women's sport will be dead within a generation, dominated by m2fs
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At the rate we are going individual women's sport will be dead within a generation, dominated by m2fs
We can only pray Tyson Fury doesn't have a funny turn, then there would be nobody left to stand up to Wilder. This could get complicated one day.
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(Original post by Dandaman1)
It's a lose-lose situation as a man entering a women's competition, though. If you win, then you're just some ******** who beat a bunch of women. And if you lose, then it's humiliating because you just lost to a bunch of women... Either way, you won't look good.
It doesn't matter since at some level you can earn millions even losing. Lots of people would chop their legs off if they didn't have to go to work thanks to that, not to mention becoming a millionaire.

(Original post by anosmianAcrimony)
This makes sense but it must feel bad for trans weightlifters who aren't eligible to take part at a competitive level.
Transgender people are 1% of society or less.
Considering how many other problems are there, there is no reason to waste time on them.

And the solution is simple; introduce male-to-female and female-to-male trangender classes.
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At the rate we are going individual women's sport will be dead within a generation, dominated by m2fs
Is there any actual evidence that M2F trans women are entering women's sports in large enough numbers to displace female born competitors from podium places?
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Why not give them their own league?
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Is there any actual evidence that M2F trans women are entering women's sports in large enough numbers to displace female born competitors from podium places?
A large enough number would be one. Surely?
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A large enough number would be one. Surely?
Given the amount of different weight classes and federations, it would take more than one M2F lifter to dominate the sport.
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Given the amount of different weight classes and federations, it would take more than one M2F lifter to dominate the sport.
You didn't say 'dominate the sport'. You said 'gain podium places'
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I don't see why this was allowed in the first place.
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I would pay to see a transgender powerlifting competition.
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lol suddenly every male powerlifer wants to wear a skirt... not a good idea to say the least, trans people are not that numerous to warrant such a change as well as huge inequalities due to inherent difference between men and women in strength and muscle mass....
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Considering that m2f New Zealand powerlifter beat the 2nd place female athlete by 20kg and towered above everyone else in the competition. Isn't that proof enough?
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