WBC: World Boxing Council confirms plans to discuss transgender boxers at next convention

  • Tom Ward

The World Boxing Council (WBC) have released a statement confirming that they will debate the matter of transgender boxing at their next convention and say their number one priority is to ‘protect the health and well-being of all boxers’.

WBC chiefs admit that the participation of trans athletes in elite women’s competitions is ‘a controversial topic’ but they believe that ‘boxing is for everyone’.

And they are ready to discuss the subject in detail more closely when they meet at an upcoming convention which is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas on September 9.

On Tuesday, the WBC insisted that they are willing to listen to both sides of the debate.

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The statement read: “The participation of transgender people in combat sports is a controversial topic.

“It’s argued that transgender women have an unfair advantage over cisgender women in competitive sports and may endanger them, due to differences in human physiology, and that these differences are not sufficiently reversed by transgender hormone therapies.

“Another opinion sector argues that medically prescribed puberty blockers and estrogen, suppress testosterone levels and reduce muscle mass in transgender women, reducing potential competitive advantage.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has previously made his stance on transgender boxing abundantly clear

“The WBC values ​​are loyalty, fairness, integrity and fairness.

“We elevate boxing and protect the health and well-being of all boxers as our number one priority.

“We are committed to protecting human rights, eradicating discrimination and helping those who need it most.

“We believe that boxing is for everyone.

“At our next annual Convention, transgender boxing will be one of the main topics to be discussed.”

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Back in 2020, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, 52, previously made his personal stance on women’s boxing abundantly clear.

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“Transgender is not accepted because there’s a difference between a man and a woman,” he was quoted as saying.

“The WBC does not accept transgender boxing. There’s only male and female, there’s no in between.

“People say it has to be the same – so you mean we have to do pregnancy tests for men as well?

“I mean, it’s a really big difference.”

Whether or not his views have changed in the coming months remains to be seen.

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