The 2024 Olympic Games Must Exclude Males From Female Categories

Daniela Constantino Llaven

The countdown has begun--only six months until the 2024 Olympic Games. And already we can anticipate the serious challenges that female athletes will face in their quest for success--most critically, including male athletes who identify as women in women's competitions.

Women competed for the first time in the Olympics at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. Now, 124 years later, with the Summer Games being held in Paris again, it would be a disastrous backslide if male athletes who identify as women are allowed to compete in female-only categories. Yet recent international pushes for so-called inclusion make this an all too real scenario for the upcoming Olympics.

Among those standing in the gap is Reem Alsalem, U.N. special rapporteur on violence against women and girls, who on Dec. 27, issued an official communication to the U.S. government warning that rule changes in women's and girls sports at the national level would breach "human rights obligations."

The special rapporteur's letter makes clear that the Biden administration's proposed changes to federal Title IX law requiring schools to permit males to compete in female-only sports would not only disadvantage female athletes but also seriously undermine the safety of women and girls.

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