Halba Diouf, a trans runner and biological male who claims to be female, suffered a meltdown over being banned from competing against women in the Summer 2024 Paris Olympics.
Diouf, a French native, began transgender procedures in 2021 before planning to compete o the women’s 200-meter race.
However, the trans runner is now barred from competing against women.
“I cannot understand this decision as transgender women have always been allowed to compete if their testosterone levels were below a certain threshold,” Diouf said in an interview.
“The only safeguard transgender women have is their right to live as they wish, and we are being refused that; we are being hounded.
“I feel marginalized because they are excluding me from competitions.”
In March, the World Athletics Council announced it would no longer permit transgender athletes to compete against women in the competitions.
The new rule, which became effective in April, banned “male-to-female transgender athletes who have been through male puberty.”
“Decisions are always difficult when they involve conflicting needs and rights between different groups, but we continue to take the view that we must maintain fairness for female athletes above all other considerations,” said World Athletics President Sebastian Coe.
“We will be guided in this by the science around physical performance and male advantage, which will inevitably develop over the coming years.”
“As more evidence becomes available, we will review our position, but we believe the integrity of the female category in athletics is paramount.”
The organization confirmed it had consulted with the Global Athletics Coaches Academy and Athletes’ Commission, the IOC, and Member federations when making its decision.
The organization added there was “little support within the sport for the option that was first presented to stakeholders, which required transgender athletes to maintain their testosterone levels below 2.5nmol/L for 24 months to be eligible to compete internationally in the female category.”
World Athletics is the international governing body for prints hurdles, road running, jumps, race walks, relays, cross country, mountain running, ultra running, and trail running.
“There are currently no transgender athletes competing internationally in athletics and consequently no athletics-specific evidence of the impact these athletes would have on the fairness of female competition in athletics,” the organization said.
“In these circumstances, the Council decided to prioritize fairness and the integrity of the female competition before inclusion.”