Saturday, February 24, 2024

Allowing Biological Men to Box Biological Women Is Like Heavyweights Fighting Welterweights; USA Boxing Slammed for New Transgender Policy That Allows Biological Men to Compete Against Women

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Costas: Allowing Biological Men to Box Biological Women Is Like Heavyweights Fighting Welterweights
On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” sportscaster and CNN Contributor Bob Costas stated that boxing federations allowing biological men to compete against biological women “seems crazy.” And noted the oddity of doing so in boxing, a sport with separate weight classes.
Costas began by noting that different sporting federations have different rules.
He then stated, “I understand that, when it comes to Olympic boxing, that federation will allow trans women to compete against biological women — at birth biological women. That seems crazy. And you don’t want to be called — it’s not transphobic to say, let’s inject some common sense here. A lot of this is murky, and we don’t want — we know that some people who use this as an issue actually are hostile toward trans people or people who, after a carefully-considered decision at a certain point in life, decide that they’ll be happier and closer to their true selves. I think any sensitive person is aligned with that. But Sugar Ray Leonard didn’t fight Mike Tyson, they were contemporaries. Sugar Ray was a welterweight, Mike was a heavyweight. If someday, the best player in the WNBA can play in the NBA, everybody would applaud. But if the worst guy at the end of the bench on the worst team in the NBA went to the WNBA and averaged 40 points a game, everybody knows that’s bullshit.”
Costas added that there will have to be codified rules, but he doesn’t know exactly what those should be. --->READ MORE HERE
USA Boxing slammed for new transgender policy that allows biological men to compete against women:
A new kind of fight is brewing in the boxing world.
USA Boxing, the governing body of the sport in the United States, is being slammed for its “pathetic and disgusting” new transgender policy that allows biological men to compete against biological women.
Under the new policy, included in the 2024 rule book, male boxers who transition can compete in the female category so long as they meet certain criteria.
Those under the age of 18 are still required to compete as their birth gender, but adults can choose their category as long as they state their new gender identity and fully complete gender reassignment surgery.
Transgender athletes must also participate in regular hormone testing.
Boxers who transitioned into women are required under the new policy to have testosterone levels under five nanomoles per liter for three years prior to their first competition in the “female” category, and their total testosterone levels must be below five nmol/L throughout their period of eligibility.
Those competing as men, meanwhile, must show levels about 10 nmol/L for the same period.
“The purpose of this policy is to provide fairness and safety for all boxers,” USA Boxing says in its new policy.
But critics say it is dangerous for the biological females that the transgender women will be competing against. --->READ MORE HERE
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