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Transsexuals in sport-fairness and freedom, regulation and law

Coggon, John, Hammond, Natasha and Holm, Soren 2008. Transsexuals in sport-fairness and freedom, regulation and law. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 2 (1) , pp. 4-17. 10.1080/17511320801896091

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Abstract

The question of if, and under what conditions transsexuals should be allowed to participate in sports in their acquired sex is becoming increasingly relevant partly because the number of transsexuals is increasing partly because many countries now provide mechanisms for achieving legal recognition as belonging to the new acquired sex. This paper develops (1) an analysis of the justification for maintaining sex segregation in some sports and (2) an account of the rights of transsexuals to be recognised in their new sex. On the basis of these two analyses it critically evaluates two set of rules for the participation of transsexuals in elite sports: the UK guidelines issued in pursuance of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the International Olympic Committee's guidelines. It is argued that these guidelines are conflicting and that a modified set of criteria is more justifiable.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > K Law (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: equality; gender; law; olympic games; sport; transsexual
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1751-1321
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2019 11:28
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/16145

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