Russian president Vladimir Putin has likened the emergence of transgender athletes to Covid and warned that women’s sport is under threat from males who transition and take part in female competition.
The row over transgender athletes has been one of the key controversies in sport in 2021, including at the Tokyo Olympics, where weightlifter Laurel Hubbard – who went through puberty as a man – competed in the women’s light heavyweight category.
Dozens of bills have been put forward in the US aimed at outlawing transgender athletes from competing against school and college athletes who were born as women.
Most recently, transgender swimmer Lia Thomas broke records in female races at the University of Pennsylvania, leading to allegations that she had boasted about how easy her achievement was and reports that parents have pleaded to leaders for a change in the rules.
I’m not a Putin fan but it’s reassuring not all…