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Transgender Women in the Sports World

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To the Editor: Re “Much Debate but Little Dialogue on Transgender Female Athletes” (front page, May 29): Efforts to exclude transgender people from sport are harmful to all women and girls.

Athletes are more than bodies, hormones and sex assigned at birth. Proximity to coaches, facilities, and parents with money and time are most predictive of success.

The International Olympic Committee, after consulting with leaders in medicine, athletics and human rights, stated in new guidelines last year that there should be no assumed advantage due to sex variations, physical appearance or transgender status.

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