There are many things that are talked about when it comes to the Olympics but now there has been a new announcement. Transgendered athletes will not have to have surgery before competing at Olympic Rio. They have the right to be part of the Olympics and compete in the events without having to undergo surgery to prove their gender. This was announced by the International Olympic Committee as part of the new guidelines.
The guidelines had been changed due to the social situations and the changes in this day and age regarding the transgender community. The guidelines that they are proposing for recommendations are not considered rules or laws because there are no federations that currently have specific rules on transgender involvement. The I.O.C. is hoping that this new guideline can give federations a bit of assistance in deciding what they should do.
Now a man who competes as a woman in a female event will need to prove that he has been on hormone therapy for a minimum of one year before competing and their levels of testosterone are at the required level of 10 nanomols per liter.
All of this became an issue for the IOC last year when Bruce Jenner, a former Olympic athlete, announced that he had become a woman, now called Caitlyn Jenner.
With this new guideline, there will finally be a foundation or basis for federations to rule on the eligibility of transgender individuals to compete in an Olympic event.