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Bethany Hamilton, the American professional surfer famed for surviving a shark attack at the of 13 and going on to compete professionally with one arm, has taken to social media to speak out against the World Surf League’s newly announced policy that would allow biological males to compete against women in the highest levels of surfing.
In a Saturday video posted to her Instagram account, Hamilton said that she would boycott the World Surf League if they go forward with adopting the rule.
According to The Intertia, The World Surf League has announced that it will adopt the International Surfing Association’s rules on transgender athlete participation, which states that biological males need to maintain a testosterone level below 5 nmol/L continuously for 12 months to be eligible to compete in the women’s league.
Hamilton began her video by stating, “while I address this issue, I want to be clear that I strive to have love for all of mankind regardless of any differences.”
“But this concerns me as a professional athlete that has been competing in the World Surf League events for the past 15+ years, and I feel that I must speak up and stand up for those in a position that may feel they cannot say something about this.”
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