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Is Australiaís 2021 Olympic Games athletics team representative of fair World Athletics gender qualification standards? : Comments

By Chris Lewis, published 16/7/2021

Women make up 53.5% of the Australian Olympic team. Is this affirmative action gone rogue, or a fair representation of the preformance of the sexes?

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Great Chris. All very fair and Rosy on that front. But itís not really fair and rosy when transgender males can be lumped into womenís events masquerading as females.
The whole of it falls in a heap for fairness, donít you agree?

The issue is the stand off between the ordinary and the favourites. When it comes to argument, the loud and aggressive elite argue their cause for equality, screaming over the top of the sensible, until finally their goal of twisting reality, (in the case of trangenderism and sport), is achieved.

No ordinary and normal person on two legs, could agree that including men in womenís sport is in any way fair and reasonable.

Comment!

Dan
Posted by diver dan, Friday, 16 July 2021 9:27:37 AM
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Yes Dan, the transgender issue needs to be addressed.

Personally I don't think the NZ weightlifter is a woman in terms of sport. Hubbard had testosterone for many years that built a frame that would be impossible for a woman, along with pretty good strength levels.

I feel sorry for the African runners who are basically forced to lower their testosterone levels they were born with.

It is a very difficult issue.
Posted by Chris Lewis, Friday, 16 July 2021 10:10:13 AM
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Who knows? And how many have unusual and y chromosomes? Or unusual testosterone levels etc? Which nonetheless fall within acceptable levels?

What comes next? Couples paired to produce superior athletes as we would with racehorses? And there's no end in sight? As the world of manipulated genes is included? And no drug test known would expose the latter!

Moreover, we have some expertise in the latter, Albeit, still confined to lab rats and some notable success there?

Next, we need to conduct some low profile clinical tests on volunteering humans? Old and well past their prime and no loss if there are a few initial failures? Hasbeen, ttbn and cohort perhaps?

It'd be a sight for sore eyes to see a lean and mean, rejuvenated Hasbeen, muscles rippling in the sunlight, sprinting down the beach, then somersaulting on to his surfboard to impress some young chick?
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Friday, 16 July 2021 11:07:42 AM
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yes Alan, some of us might look a bit outstanding in our older age.

Difficult stuff the gender questions. Some past winners were found to be basically males. Stella Walsh for one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanis%C5%82awa_Walasiewicz

And even amongst more typical women, I have read that many who succeed in physical sports do indeed have higher levels of testosterone.
Posted by Chris Lewis, Friday, 16 July 2021 11:33:55 AM
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Sorry Alan, I did a bit of surfing in my younger days, mostly body surfing, the undignified pose, head down ass up, paddling the board out for the next wave did not much appeal personally, although I did admire the shoulder development of those addicted to the activity. Actually board riding is one sport where men & women should be competing equally, not in separate classes.

My favorite Olympic sport is the only one where they do, equestrian. Here if anything in both eventing & show jumping, the ladies have some slight advantage, being usually smaller they are asking the horse to carry less weight.

I can also see no reason why ladies & men should not compete in the same races in yachting. In fact in all my chosen sports, sailing, Equestrian & Motor racing, the power is supplied, & the sportsman applies their experience, skill & finesse to guide & control that power. Hense all three are sports where men & women can or could compete equally, quite fairly. Perhaps it's time to add go kart racing to the Olympic calendar, with the sexes competing equally.

Although not hot & sweaty Alan, you would be surprised at what single handing a 40 footer around the ocean will do for your abs & other muscles, & surfing one down a big ocean swell leaves riding little boards for dead. Incidentally, most people need help to get out of the car after a hundred miles around Bathurst at racing speeds, pumping all that adrenaline around the body is exhausting.
Posted by Hasbeen, Friday, 16 July 2021 1:41:13 PM
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body surfing is fantastic, except when I nearly drowned at Gunnumatta and Bondi.
Posted by Chris Lewis, Friday, 16 July 2021 2:37:12 PM
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