Transgender hurdler Cece Telfer, who won a division 2 championship in 2019 has been ruled ineligible for the U.S. Olympic trials.
Per Fox News “USA Track and Field (USATF) said in a statement Telfer failed to meet the World Athletic requirements to be eligible for trials. She had initially been on the list for Friday’s opening heats but an updated list Wednesday did not include her name.”
“World Athletics’ guidelines, released in 2019, stated that female athletes’ testosterone levels were at 5 nanomoles per liter or more were barred from events between distances of 400 meters and a mile. Telfer was readying to compete in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at Olympic trials,” the report adds.
USA Track and Field said it “strongly supports inclusivity and providing a clear path to participation in the sport for all, while also maintaining competitive fairness.”
“If CeCe meets the conditions for transgender athlete participation in the future, we wholeheartedly back her participation in international events as a member of Team USATF,” they added.
Telfer’s manager David McFarland said in response “CeCe has turned her focus towards the future and is continuing to train. She will compete on the national — and world — stage again soon.”
Cece Telfer ran track for the men’s team at Division II Franklin Pierce University, took time off, and then joined the women’s team.
Telfer won the women’s NCAA title in 2019.https://t.co/3GZGtXrGuy
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 24, 2021
Trans hurdler CeCe Telfer has been removed from qualification for the US Olympic Trialshttps://t.co/AySbmRVGks
— Outsports (@outsports) June 24, 2021