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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Athletics’ governing body is facing fresh criticism for a proposal to allow transgender athletes to continue to compete in top women’s events, albeit with stricter rules.

World Athletics has sent a proposal for new regulations governing transgender athletes – and the separate issue of athletes with differences in sexual development like two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya – to national track federations for comment.

The governing body’s “preferred option”, she said in a statement this week, is that transgender athletes and those with developmental gender differences still be allowed to compete in women’s events. they lower their testosterone levels further, to less than 2.5 nanomoles per liter of blood.

They would have to keep their testosterone below that level for at least two years before being allowed to compete, according to World Athletics’ proposal.

Transgender athletes are currently free to compete in elite women’s events if they have kept their testosterone levels below 5 nanomoles for at least a year. Athletes with developmental gender differences who also have testosterone levels above the typical female range should be below 5 nanomoles for six months prior to competition.

Although WA is proposing to tighten its regulations, it was expected to consider a complete ban on transgender athletes in women’s events following swimming’s decision to do so last year.

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