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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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Rule 40: A Necessary Evil to Prevent Unnecessary Illusion

By Rishika Mendiratta (Co-Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar) and Palak Nagar (Associate at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas)

This article analyses Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter which impinges on the thin line between upholding the ethical values of the event and its inclination towards over-commercialization. It was passed in 1991 in order to prevent the unofficial sponsors from unauthorised association with the games which might jeopardise the interests of the event in terms of earnings as well as brand value.

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The Diatribe Against Doping

By -Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

The quote by Mae West, -“The score never interested me, only the game”, aptly summarises the fight against doping in sport. Every revelation about an athlete who had indulged in doping, whether, it was Ben Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Tyson Gay or Maria Sharapova, has saddened and angered the fans and competitors alike. If the Garica Report in 2014 revolutionised the world of FIFA governance by exposing corruption, the Richard Mclaren Report in 2016 about Russia’s organised doping scandal has raised some unprecedented questions and has paved way for a greater change to combat this menace. This article by Rishika looks at WADA and the world doping scenario.

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Doping-A menace

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

That brazenness… I just did not have the switch to turn that off. It helped me on the bike but it also got me where I am today. –Lance Armstrong

This quote of Lance Armstrong is a symbolism of the apathy of all the sportspersons who have indulged in doping with an aim to win the game just to lose the spirit of sportsmanship. ‘Doping’ is the deliberate or the inadvertent use of a substance or a method by sportspersons banned by the Medical Commission Of International Olympic Committee/World Anti-Doping Agency. The issue is very important because doping defeats the very purpose of sports that is to offer a level playing field to all the competitors. In this article Rishika analyses the need for greater administration and resources required by NADA to be able to appropriately segregate the athletes who indulge in doping from those who medicate for legitimate reasons.

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