A transgender runner and Olympic hopeful, Cece Telfer, just received word that she will not be competing in this year’s Olympics after being ruled ineligible. The runner hoped to compete in one event, the 400-meter hurdles, but did not meet regulations for eligibility. That is, the regulations of the World Athletics Organization.
If you’re wondering who Telfer is, she was born as a male and is most well known for winning the 400-meter hurdles in the NCAA Women’s Division II in 2019. Not just winning, but dominating.
Tefler used to be known as Craig, before changing her name to CeCe. Craig competed on the men’s track team at Franklin Pierce University just a year before taking some time off and transitioning into a woman. At Franklin Pierce, Tefler was an above average hurdler on the male team. Women’s hurdles are lower than males, of course, so after transitioning it didn’t take long for Tefler to start dominating all the women’s competitions.
The NCAA has a policy for transgenders, that requires biological males to suppress their testosterone levels for an entire year before they can compete in women’s events. Though the league does not believe that it’s accurate to assume that biological males have an unfair advantage over biological females…. Right.
Tefler, of course, agrees with the NCAA’s flawed logic and recently told ESPN that if anything, his transition to a female creates a disadvantage when he’s competing against cisgender females. Tefler stated that hormone replacements cause your muscles to deteriorate and a loss of strength and agility when testosterone is lowered.
But, unfortunately for the transgender track star, he doesn’t meet the female requirements to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. This is because the World Athletics Organization requires that testosterone levels be below 5 monopoles per liter for a consecutive 12-month span. Tefler didn’t meet this requirement, as his testosterone levels are too high.
Tefler’s manager says that ‘Cece’ Tefler will respect the decision and being training to compete on the national and world stage soon.
The World Athletics said that they are striving to be inclusive to all athletes but must maintain competitive fairness in this instance.
Author: Louise Mitchell