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A British women’s shot put champion is facing severe backlash for publicly criticizing plans to allow males who self-identify as women to compete in the female category at international track and field events, arguing that it could lead to a “free-for-all” that would “screw” biological women.
Ohio-born Amelia Strickler, two-time winner of the British national title who has her sights set on Paris 2024, recently told The Telegraph that the “overwhelming majority” of her fellow athletes agree with her but most are too afraid to speak out for fear of losing sponsorship deals and facing the wrath of trans activists on social media.
Strickler’s comments follow a report by The Telegraph that revealed World Athletics intends to allow males to compete against women provided they lower their testosterone levels to 2.5 nanomoles (nM/l) per litre and increase the time period that they must remain below that threshold before being allowed to compete to two years. The final decision is expected to be announced in March.
However, in an interview with The Telegraph, Strickler stated that this would make almost no difference, particularly for a sport like shot put.
“It’s all well and good that [World Athletics] are putting restrictions in on the testosterone levels, and extending the number of years to qualify and so on… but none of that matters,” Strickler told The Telegraph “They’d still be miles ahead.”
“I mean, the women’s shot is half the weight [of the men’s]. Apart from all the strength they’ve gained over the years, there is the height advantage, the wingspan, all the things hormones can’t replace… hip angles, lung capacity etc. Training would be easier for them,” she added. “That’s just a fact. If this happens I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a lot of world records fall to trans athletes.”
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