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Breaking Barriers: Has the inclusivity of Transgender in Sport been a magnanimous task?

By- Wilfred Synrem (Gujarat National Law University)

“Trans people deserve something vital; they deserve your respect. From that respect comes a more compassionate community.” –

Caitlyn Jenner (former Bruce Jenner); Gold winning Olympian and the epitome of the transgender community.

It is beyond doubt that the recognition and integration of all genders in today’s society is an absolute must. This also indicates the importance of, in particular, the inclusion of transgender persons in all realms of sports. The sacrosanct Olympic Charter speaks volumes of basic fundamental rights in modern sport: “without discrimination of any kind such as race, colour, sex, sexual orientation”. Based on the authoritative principles of the Olympic Charter it is deemed that the world of sport must do everything in its power to eradicate any sort of discrimination which is in violation of fundamental human rights. However, this is easier said than done; there are innumerous debates and issues regarding the topic of transgender in sex-segregated sports. This article analyses whether the guidelines issued by sport organisations for transgenders can be reformed to pave way for greater inclusivity.

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