With the allowance of Laurel Hubbard into the Tokyo Olympic Games the future of women’s sports became severely compromised. In 2021 a promotion also allowed for a trans mixed martial artist to square off against a biological women. This in addition to Lia Thomas debacle stateside is making the United Kingdom re examine guidelines for participation in women’s sports. So far there have been no applications from the transgender community to be allowed to box, but that future may come sooner than we know.
Robert Smith, secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control and Keith Walters, secretary of the London ABA, have already set up meetings to discuss what their policy will be, as per The Sun.
Smith said: “At the moment the problem is hypothetical but we can see it coming.”
“When it does we intend to be fully prepared. Medical and, perhaps more importantly, legal considerations will have to be taken into consideration.”
Simon Block, former secretary of the BBBofC, and a highly-respected official with the Commonwealth Boxing Council and WBC told media:
“If one of the bodies I’m associated with allowed a transgender to box competitively I would immediately resign.”
Sharron Davies, swimming silver medallist at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, has bravely long been an outspoken campaigner against transgender athletes being allowed to compete in women’s events.
British PM Boris Johnson previously told media:
‘I don’t think that biological men should be competing in female sporting events,’ he told broadcasters during a visit to a hospital in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.
‘I don’t think that it’s reasonable for kids to be deemed so-called Gillick-competent to take decisions about their gender or irreversible treatments that they may have. I think there should be parental involvement at the very least.’‘
In response, Ms Davies, 59, a long-term opponent of trans athletes competing in female categories, said; ‘Thank you Boris.’
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.