Eilish McColgan says a one per cent benefit for trans ladies athletes over feminine opponents could be “too much”.
McColgan, certainly one of Great Britain’s main feminine long-distance runners, spoke out with World Athletics contemplating its transgender coverage and in session with member federations over the matter.
World Athletics confirmed earlier this month that its present most popular choice would halve the utmost stage of plasma testosterone permitted for trans ladies in comparison with the present laws, and double the time frame to 2 years that athletes should stay under that threshold with the intention to compete.
“I’m not a scientist, so I have trust that people like Seb Coe (World Athletics president) and World Athletics are doing their due diligence and looking into this properly,” mentioned McColgan, the Commonwealth Games 10,000 metres champion.
“There’s a lot more to being a woman than lowering your testosterone, and a lot more work to be done to finding out if there is an advantage.
“Even if there’s a one per cent advantage then it’s too much of an advantage. Rules are in place for other advantageous gains, so this should be one of them.”
McColgan admitted she is reluctant to touch upon delicate points within the sport because of the abuse she has suffered on-line.
She mentioned: “I’ve had fixed abuse on-line and I already get trolled an enormous quantity.
“They are my causes for not being so brazenly public and popping out on huge subjects which are mentioned on a regular basis.
“I’m more than happy for transgender athletes to be included. They need to be included in some way, but the fairest way with regards to women being a protected category of born women.
“That we have an open category and an XX genetically formed category or something along those lines.
“But the best person to speak to would be Caitlyn Jenner (who won Olympic decathlete gold as Bruce Jenner before transitioning to a woman), who has lived experience of this and understands this.
“I have no lived experience of this or the changes you go through as a trans. I can’t relate to that and never will.
“It’s important we listen to people who understand it because it’s definitely a very difficult topic to broach and I don’t have the answers.
“Hopefully the people who do make these decisions are doing their job and following the right science.”