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Should there be testosterone limits in women’s sports?
Women with high levels of testosterone have an unfair advantage in women’s sport.
High levels of testosterone allow female athletes to
longer and harder than their low-testosterone rivals.
Women with high levels of testosterone have high levels of
, which transports oxygen to red blood cells, thus enhancing athletic performance.
Female athletes competing against other women with very high testosterone limits have often
regarding how unfair they feel the system is.
Female athletes with high levels of testosterone have a competitive advantage through their improved
High levels of natural testosterone give significantly
in female athletes, as it can improve their physical abilities in ways training cannot.
If eradicating unfair advantages was an actual goal in sports, competitors would be matched according to a more holistic look at their physical condition and genetic predispositions. Using testosterone as a single measurement is reductive.
By trying to weed out extraordinary sportswomen to cater for the majority, the sporting community could lose extremely talented, once-in-a-generation athletes.
The sporting community could lose women who act as role models and are symbols of empowerment.
There is not conclusive evidence that this is the case (
Testosterone does not advantage sportswomen disproportionately more than other innate characteristics.