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Old 05-17-2004, 02:48 PM   #1
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Default IOC gives go-ahead for transsexuals to compete

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Transsexuals were cleared Monday to compete in the Olympics for the first time.

Under a proposal approved by the IOC executive board, athletes who have undergone sex-change surgery will be eligible for the Olympics if their new gender has been legally recognized and they have gone through a minimum two-year period of postoperative hormone therapy.

The decision, which covers both male-to-female and female-to-male cases, goes into effect starting with the Athens Olympics in August.

The IOC had put off a decision in February, saying more time was needed to consider all the medical issues.

Some members had been concerned whether male-to-female transsexuals would have physical advantages competing against women.

Men have higher levels of testosterone and greater muscle-to-fat ratio and heart and lung capacity. However, doctors say, testosterone levels and muscle mass drop after hormone therapy and sex-change surgery.

IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said the situation of transsexuals competing in high-level sports was "rare but becoming more common."

IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch said no specific sports had been singled out by the ruling.

"Any sport may be touched by this problem," he said. "Until now, we didn't have any rules or regulations. We needed to establish some sort of policy."

Until 1999, the IOC conducted gender verification tests at the Olympics but the screenings were dropped before the 2000 Sydney Games.

One of the best known cases of transsexuals in sports involves Renee Richards, formerly Richard Raskin, who played on the women's tennis tour in the 1970s.

In March, Australia's Mianne Bagger became the first transsexual to play in a pro golf tournament.

Michelle Dumaresq, formerly Michael, has competed in mountain bike racing for Canada.

Reprinted from SI.com
Is this fair competition? I really don't care if men decide to get a chop-n-tuck, but I don't think it is fair to allow them to compete in a women's class sport.
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Old 05-17-2004, 03:01 PM   #2
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It's not truly fair, but any man who's been chopped and tucked probably throws like a girl anyway.
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Old 05-17-2004, 03:56 PM   #3
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I don't care what level of hormone treatment you've been on, a male to "female" transsexual is going to have significantly different bone, muscle and upper body strength differences to a female. I can't see how they wouldn't have a massive advantage in any strength power sport even if things are more even on the endurance/speed front.

Pretty ridiculous IMO.
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Old 05-17-2004, 04:21 PM   #4
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But but...you want to let them marry but NOT compete in the olympics?

Hypocrits!!!

Men marrying men and trannys in the Olympics....Jesus WTF is this world coming too..

Someone stop this flaming blue ball of pig shit..I want to get off..
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Old 05-17-2004, 04:23 PM   #5
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Might as well let the shemales compete too. NAMBLA decatholon anyone?
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Old 05-17-2004, 04:26 PM   #6
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Gives a new meaning to "passing the pole" in the relay eh Chuck?
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Old 05-17-2004, 04:34 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Trith
Men marrying men and trannys in the Olympics.... I want to get off..
OOOKKKKK, now we know what gets Trith off.
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Old 05-17-2004, 04:57 PM   #8
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Might as well let the shemales compete too. NAMBLA decatholon anyone

OMG! Something involving gays! Quick! Scream NAMBLA! Everyone get extreme! We need a reaction!
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Old 05-17-2004, 05:15 PM   #9
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LMAO This is to funny. Trannys in the olyimpics. They've made themselves a minority
with the Democrats help. It's their problem now. HAhaha Go Dems.
Reminds me a saying about making a bed and sleeping in it.
Makes ya wonder what they will go after next.




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Old 05-17-2004, 05:35 PM   #10
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This seems to be more of an international thing... but nonethless, figured some more party mudslinging would end up here. Everything is one partie's fault nowadays =/
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Old 05-17-2004, 05:41 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Everclear
Everything is one partie's fault nowadays =/
Yes, the Republican party's fault
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Old 05-17-2004, 05:43 PM   #12
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What about the Toga Party?
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Old 05-17-2004, 06:55 PM   #13
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OMG! Something involving gays! Quick! Scream NAMBLA! Everyone get extreme! We need a reaction
Doesn't NAMBLA advocate men having sex with boys? Isn't a man a male..and a boy a male....

What's that word again for when two people of the same gender attempt to have "sex"...oh yeah..

Homosexuality...

No..no correlation between the two at all...
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Doesn't NAMBLA advocate men having sex with boys? Isn't a man a male..and a boy a male....

Yeah and isn't a Man having sex with a little girl heterosexual? Wait, omg straight marriages lead to rapes!

-Thanks for the logic

Now that we have stupidity aside, I think it's clear the problem is men =P
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Old 05-17-2004, 07:13 PM   #15
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I'm just glad Trith is going to be able to compete in Athens. We're all behind you little buddy. Flyweight greco-roman wrestling will never be the same...
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Old 05-17-2004, 09:32 PM   #16
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I would win. I would resort to the Lawrence Taylor school of wrestling if my life were on the line!

But in truth I doubt I could bring myself to climb in the ring with a sweaty 300lb man wearing a thong and baby oil....

Wasn't that the movie PeeWee Herman was arrested whacking off to?
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Old 05-17-2004, 11:06 PM   #17
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Trith:
Gives a new meaning to "passing the pole" in the relay eh Chuck?
That and the new no arm no legs Horse routine.
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